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Mather lifts Cubs over Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals' Jaime Garcia pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 23, 2012, in Chicago. St. Louis Cardinals' Jaime Garcia pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 23, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
April 23, 2012
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CHICAGO—Joe Mather's two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 comeback win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

St. Louis closer Jason Motte (1-1) had the Cubs down to their final strike when Mather, a former Cardinal, grounded a 2-2 slider up the middle, scoring Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto.

LaHair battled Motte for 12 pitches before drawing a one-out walk. Motte then walked Soto, before Steve Clevenger's grounder moved the runners up to set the plate for Mather.

Rafael Dolis (1-1) picked up the win in relief.

Jaime Garcia outdueled Matt Garza, who held St. Louis to two runs and four hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three.

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