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CHICAGO —The St. Ben Roethlisberger Womens Jersey . Louis
Cardinals were headed for another heartbreaking loss when Carlos Beltran turned
it around with one big swing. When Beltran got back to the dugout, starting
pitcher Adam Wainwright showed his appreciation for the timely play. “I kissed
him right on the cheek. Im not afraid to tell the whole world, either,”
Wainwright said. “I wanted to kiss him on the mouth. He saved me, he saved the
team today.” Beltran hit a tying solo homer in the ninth and Jon Jay doubled in
the winning run an inning later as the Cardinals bolstered their bid for another
playoff appearance with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. St.
Louis increased its lead for the second NL wild card to 2 1/2 games over
Milwaukee, which lost 10-4 at Washington. The Los Angeles Dodgers are three back
following a 6-0 loss at Cincinnati. The defending World Series champion
Cardinals have 10 games left in the regular season. They bounced back from an
agonizing 11-inning loss at Wrigley Field the previous day. After Matt Carpenter
and Brian Anderson drew two-out walks from Jaye Chapman (0-1), Jay doubled down
the right-field line. “If wed have lost that game, I dont think Id sleep at all
tonight,” Wainwright said. Mitchell Boggs (4-1) got the last out of the ninth.
Jason Motte struck out the side in the 10th for his 39th save. Beltran connected
for his 30th homer, a one-out shot off Carlos Marmol that wrapped just inside
the right-field foul pole. Marmol had been successful on 19 straight save
chances dating to May 2. “Its no secret youre going to get a fastball and youre
gonna get a slider,” Beltran said. “We were trying to put ourselves in a
position to at least score a run. I was able to get a pitch to hit. In my mind,
Im just trying to put myself on the basepaths.” Before Beltrans drive, it
appeared the Cardinals were going to blow another game against their arch rival
in the most crucial time of the season. St. Louis lost in dramatic fashion on
Friday. Fernando Salas gave up a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer to
Darwin Barney in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, and the Cubs won
5-4 in 11 on David DeJesus RBI single. Both Boggs and Motte were unavailable.
“It was tough yesterday not putting (Boggs and Motte) in there, but were gonna
have to do that,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “There are gonna be days
where someone else has to step up.” On Mathenys 42nd birthday, St. Louis
improved to 10-10 in September after going 18-8 in the final month last season,
when the Cardinals squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season.
DeJesus solo homer started a three-run rally in the sixth as Chicago nearly came
from behind to knock off the Cardinals for a second straight day. Travis Wood
again failed to win at Wrigley, though he held St. Louis to two earned runs over
five innings, striking out seven. He entered with an 0-5 record and a 6.08 ERA
over his last seven home starts, but finished with a no-decision when the Cubs
rallied. “Every win counts. Were battling as hard as we can,” Wood said. “We
played pretty good today. We ended up taking a lead, just couldnt hold them off.
Thats a good team over there.” All-Star catcher Yadier Molina of the Cardinals
left in the ninth with lower back spasms. He exited after trying to get away
from a pitch from Marmol that nearly hit him. “It was more low back. I dont know
what it was, it just tightened up on him,” Matheny said. “Trying to react at max
speed doesnt help, either. Trainers were encouraged, thought its something well
be able to take a look at in the morning and adjust from there.” St. Louis
stranded 13 batters and missed several chances to take command of the game.
James Russell struck out pinch-hitter Shane Robinson with runners on the corners
to end the eighth, while Marmol got Tony Cruz to fly out with the go-ahead run
on third to end the ninth. Cruz pinch-hit for Molina. Wainwright is winless over
his last five starts. He allowed four runs and six hits over seven innings. He
hasnt lost in his last eight starts at Wrigley Field. The Cubs need to win four
of their last 10 games to avoid the third 100-loss season in franchise history
and first since 1966. “We came back. I just loved the way the guys battled the
whole game,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Win or lose, the guys are battling
and not making it easy on anybody.” NOTES: Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook
(strained right oblique) was shut down just a few pitches into his bullpen
session. He will be re-evaluated Sunday. RHP Lance Lynn will start in Westbrooks
place Monday at Houston. ... Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter felt “good sore” a
day after his season debut Friday, according to Matheny. He is scheduled to
pitch Wednesday in Houston. ... Barneys errorless streak at second base reached
an NL-record 137 games, four short of the major league record set by Detroits
Placido Polanco in 2007. Jack Butler Jersey . —With the game on the
line, Robert Griffin III moved the Washington Redskins right down the field and
to the second victory of his young career. Ike Taylor Jersey . None of the other 125 men
in the field can honestly say the same. Indeed, its tough to imagine anyone
outside that trio winning this years championship at the All England Club, where
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.Y. —Forget extending Shawne Merriman any belated birthday wishes. James Harrison Womens Jersey . Dubnyk won 20
games in 47 appearances for the Oilers last season. The six-foot-five, 210-pound
goalie had a 2.67 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. The 20 wins
and 2.67 GAA were both career bests. Mike Wallace Womens Jersey . —The Chicago
Bears have signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye to a one-year contract and waived
DT Brian Price.CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. —Michael Weaver never stopped
believing it was his day, even after his big lead started to slip away. Buoyed
by four birdies on the front nine, including a 50-foot putt on the par-3 eighth,
Weaver shook off Justin Thomas late run for a 3-and-2 victory Saturday and a
shot in the U.S. Amateur final at Cherry Hills. “Whenever you make a putt like
that, its a little bit of luck,” Weaver said. “But you know, it was just kind of
one of those days when its your day. Its just going to go in. Thats how the
whole front nine kind of was. I really felt like I couldnt do anything wrong. It
was just all going my way.” Weaver will face Steven Fox of Hendersonville,
Tenn., on Sunday in the 36-hole championship match. Fox, a senior at
Tennessee-Chattanooga, beat Brandon Hagy, Weavers teammate at the University of
California, 2-up. The 21-year-old Weaver, from Fresno, Calif., opened his
semifinal match with Thomas with three consecutive birdies to go 2-up. He
stretched his lead to 5-up after the 10th hole and withstood a rally by Thomas,
an Alabama freshman who won three of four holes to get within two of Weaver. “I
just kept hitting good shots and kept giving myself chances,” Weaver said. “That
really helped me out a lot because I needed it. Justin came around a little bit
and I slipped a little bit. But to start like that in the biggest match Ive ever
played in, that was an awesome feeling.” Weaver maintained his composure in the
face of Thomas late charge, and he said thats how he held him off. “I just tried
to forget that I had lost three of the last four holes to him,” Weaver said. “I
really just focused like I had done all day, went through my routine the same
way and hit a good shot. I didnt try to pump myself up or anything like that.
Thats not how I am, I guess.” Setting himself up on the green with a clutch chip
shot, Weaver secured the win when he knocked in a 6-foot birdie putt on the
451-yard, par-4 16th hole as Thomas just missed a 15-foot birdie putt. He thrust
his arms in the air in celebration and got a hug from his father, Bill Weaver,
who has caddied for his son throughout the weeklong tournament. Both wiped away
tears of joy. “Im so proud of him,” Bill Weaver said. “Hes a very strong
individual, no give-up in him. He just gutted it out.” Michael Weaver got choked
up again later, recalling his deciding putt to get to the championship rround
and sharing it with his father. Terry Bradshaw Jersey. . “That was pretty
special,” he said. “Ill remember that forever. Im so excited. My dad caddies for
me all the time. Im so excited he could be here to be part of this. I owe him a
lot. Hes supported me all along, everything I needed and I wouldnt be here
without him.” Thomas said Weaver simply outplayed him on the front nine and the
deficit proved too much to overcome. “I didnt battle through it well enough,”
Thomas said. “Although it hurts a lot to lose, especially this late in the
tournament, its a lot better to get beat than to lose.” The championship Sunday
brings together two long shots from an original field of 312 players from 43
states and 20 countries that began the stroke play qualifying on Monday. Both
Fox and Weaver emerged from a playoff at the end of two days of qualifying to
win their spots in the 64-player match-play field. Fox was the No. 63 seed and
Weaver the No. 60 seed. Along the way, Weaver had to get past Thomas, the Jack
Nicklaus Award winner as the nations top college player. Fox advanced to the
semifinals by defeating Chris Williams, the University of Washington star who
was the top-ranked amateur. “Whether youre No. 1 or 64, you always have a
chance,” Fox said. “And its awesome how we survived a playoff and got this far.
Its really unreal.” On Saturday, Fox weathered a tightly contested match with
Hagy that was all square as late as the 14th hole. Fox made par on No. 15, and
went 1 up when Hagy missed a 10-foot putt for a bogey. They matched each other
on the next two holes. On the 472-yard, par-4 18th, Fox used a 4-iron to drive
his second shot 206 yards, landing it within 6 feet of the hole. “Best shot of
my life,” Fox said. It also impressed Hagy. “That was a spectacular shot,” Hagy
said. “Very clutch. And my shot, I hit it right at the flag. It looked really
good and just went a little too far.” Hagy overshot the hole on his second shot,
rolling the ball to the back of the green. His try for a long birdie putt was
wide, and it gave Fox the 2-up victory. Then his phone started ringing. “Its
been going off like crazy,” Fox said. “Theres so many people back home backing
me. I mean, its just awesome. Without them I wouldnt be here, especially my
family. Theyre all rooting for me. Its an unbelievable feeling. It just puts a
smile on your face.” ’ ’ ’ 

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