Cardinals 9, Cubs 3
CHICAGO (AP) _ Cesar Cedeno and Vince Coleman each drove in two runs and St. Louis stole eight bases as the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-3 Friday.
The Cardinals began the day one game behind the first-place New York Mets in the National League East.
Bob Forsch, 7-6, won his first game since Aug. 24, scattering six singles over 6 1-3 innings. Ricky Horton and Todd Worrell finished, allowing four hits in the final 2 2-3 innings.
The Cardinals, the major league leaders in steals with 259, equalled their single-game season high in handing the Cubs their 20th loss in 25 games. Cubs’ pitchers allowed 10 walks and two wild pitches.
The Cardinals scored three runs off Chicago starter Steve Trout, 8-5, in the first inning.
Coleman led off with a walk and stole second, his 94th theft - tops in the major leagues - then scored on Willie McGee’s single. After Tommy Herr walked, Cedeno singled home McGee. Herr scored from third on Tito Landrum’s grounder.
Trout was knocked out in the second, after walking McGee and giving up consecutive singles to Herr, Cedeno and Landrum.
The Cubs got a run in the third, when pinch hitter Billy Hatcher reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on Gary Matthews’ single.
In the Chicago fourth, Keith Moreland walked and Ron Cey singled him to third. But Moreland was cut down trying to score on Jody Davis’ fly ball to right fielder Landrum, ending the inning.
Pinch hitter Andy Van Slyke singled and stole second in the fifth, scoring on Terry Pendleton’s single, for a 5-1 St. Louis lead. McGee scored on Van Slyke’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The Cardinals completed their scoring in the ninth on a two-run single by Coleman and an RBI single by Ozzie Smith.
Davis hit his 13th homer of the season in the bottom of the ninth for the Cubs’ final run.