Ian Happ drove a two-out, two-run homer within the ninth inning to bitter what may very well be Jon Lester’s ultimate profession begin, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Saturday night time.

Lester, 37, hasn’t declared whether or not he intends to return again for a seventeenth season. The left-hander pitched for the Cubs for six seasons, together with the 2016 World Series staff.

Happ drove a 2-0 pitch from Luís Garcia (1-1) over the center-field wall for his career-high twenty fifth house run of the season.

The blast made a winner out of Jason Adam (1-0), who pitched an ideal eighth. Rowan Wick picked up his fifth save because the Cubs despatched the Cardinals to only their second defeat of their final 21 video games.

Lester allowed at the very least one baserunner in every of his 5 innings and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in fourth. He walked 4, the final two to load the bases in entrance of Trayce Thompson, who burned Lester together with his first profession grand slam for a 4-1 lead within the fifth.

Dylan Carlson’s two-run single capped a three-run seventh, placing the Cardinals forward 5-4.

Harrison Bader hammered a 92 mph sinker from Adrian Sampson over the left-field wall for his first profession leadoff house run. It was the fifth time the Cardinals first batter of a recreation went deep this season and got here in Bader’s tenth profession recreation hitting atop the order.

Tyler O’Neill’s RBI triple within the fifth minimize the Cubs result in 4-2.

Sampson gave up simply Bader’s lengthy ball in his 4 innings. He pitched round clogged basepaths his first two innings and was aided by seven strikeouts.


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was again within the beginning lineup after lacking 4 video games with proper shoulder stiffness. He went 0 for 4.


With his pinch-hitting look within the fifth, Tyler Ladendorf turned the 67th participant used this season by the Cubs, tying the MLB report set by the 2019 Mariners.


Cubs: C Willson Contreras left the sport within the third inning with proper hip tightness. RHP Tommy Nance was positioned on the injured record with no specifics given, and RHP Joe Biagini was chosen from Triple-A Iowa.

Cardinals: RHP Genesis Cabrera (break up fingernail) is anticipated to be accessible for the postseason. Cabrera left Friday’s recreation after strolling three of the 4 batters he confronted.


The Cardinals ship RHP Jake Woodford (3-3, 3.88 ERA) to the mound within the common season finale, whereas the Cubs counter with RHP Alec Mills (6-7, 5.09) on Sunday. Woodford had a 1.90 ERA in 5 September appearances, together with 4 begins. Mills has allowed 3-plus runs in his final three and in 5 of his final seven begins.