Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 9, Cubs 6

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday's bases-loaded single off Carlos Villanueva with two outs in the eighth inning sent the St. Louis Cardinals to the win over the Chicago Cubs Sunday at Busch Stadium.

How it happened: After staking Travis Wood to a 5-0 lead in the second inning, the Cubs allowed the Cardinals to come back and tie the game 6-6 before St. Louis scored three times off Villanueva in the eighth for the win. The Cardinals, who scored nine runs off the Cubs bullpen in the eighth inning on Saturday night, saw Holliday -- whose solo homer in the fourth begin the comeback -- collect nine RBIs in the past two games.

What it means: Despite the two losses on Saturday night and Sunday, the Cubs still finished August with a 16-14 record for the month, the first time they had a .500-or-better record for a calendar month since August 2011, during which they went 16-13. The Cubs have won only 17 games in August once in the past 20 years, going 20-8 in 2008.

The Cubs got home runs from Luis Valbuena and Arismendy Alcantara in the loss, giving them nine home runs in the four-game series and bringing the team’s total for the month of August to 39, second in the NL, after the Washington Nationals hit three more in a loss Sunday at Seattle. Washington finished the month with 40 team home runs.

Wood’s inability to hold the 5-0 lead, getting knocked out in the fifth, left him with just one win in his past 14 starts dating back to June 21.

What’s next: The Cubs return to Wrigley Field on Monday to host the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game series. Right fielder Jorge Soler, who did not play on Sunday, will make his home debut for the Cubs. On Saturday, he became the first player since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920 to get an extra-base hit and an RBI in each of his first four games in the majors. Jacob Turner will make his first home start for the Cubs, while Jimmy Nelson will pitch for the Brewers. The Cubs are hoping first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be able to play after missing the past five games with a tight back. Before the game, the Cubs will honor the Jackie Robinson West team which reached the finals of the Little League World Series. The team will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch.