With Pujols out, Edmonds lifts Cards past Cubs

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jim Edmonds probably was headed for the 15-day
disabled list with an abdominal injury, before Albert Pujols beat
him to it.

Instead, he filled Pujols' position, and the offensive void, in
the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs on
Sunday. Edmonds can't play center field yet because of all the
running that's required, but the sudden vacancy at first base could
allow him to contribute as he recuperates.

"For the time being it's a good fit for the situation I'm in,"
Edmonds said. "It worked out today and we'll see how it goes
tomorrow. I don't really know what's going to happen."

Pujols, who leads the major leagues with 25 homers and 65 RBI,
was at the ballpark earlier in the day but left before the end of
the game without talking to reporters. He's scheduled to undergo an
MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.

Team trainer Barry Weinberg characterized the injury as
"moderate to severe," and said it was closer to severe than

"He had a tough night," manager Tony La Russa said. "I think
he's got quite a bit of soreness."

Edmonds, limited to one pinch-hit at-bat in the last seven games
by an abdominal injury, was 3-for-3 with an RBI double in the fifth
and a run-scoring single in the sixth, and walked and scored in the
first after entering the game in a 3-for-29 slump. The eight-time
Gold Glove center fielder played first base for only the 45th time
in his career and seemed fine if under control on the basepaths.

"He did what he can do," La Russa said. "He didn't go crazy
on the bases, played it very smart."

Scott Rolen had two hits and three RBI. Juan Encarnacion had a
pair of RBI doubles to help the Cardinals salvage the finale of a
three-game series.

The Cardinals are 21-10 at new Busch Stadium, and this was their
first losing series there. Aramis Ramirez had two hits and two RBI
for the Cubs, who are 6-3 against the Cardinals this season but
haven't swept them in St. Louis since 1988.

"It could have been a real good series for us, but I didn't
pitch good enough," losing pitcher Greg Maddux said. "I tried to
throw it down, I threw it up. I tried to throw it inside, I threw
it outside."

The Cubs lost for the first time in three games this month after
going 7-22 in May.

"When you're in a position to sweep with the way we played the
month of May, you've got to sweep these guys," Juan Pierre said.
"With their big guy Pujols going down, it's a very winnable game,
and it's a tough loss."

Jason Marquis (8-4) won his fifth straight start despite a
season-high five walks, one off his career high and equaling his
total for his last three outings. In five innings he gave up five
runs and eight hits while striking out five.

"My mechanics were a little off," Marquis said. "I was lucky
to get out of there with a win."

Maddux (6-5) let a two-run lead get away in the Cardinals'
three-run fifth, and is 1-3 with an 8.46 ERA in his last four
starts. He gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings and had
no strikeouts for the first time this season.

Marquis walked the bases loaded with one out in the first and
Ramirez' single gave the Cubs the lead. Maddux walked two in the
bottom of the first and RBI doubles by Rolen and Juan Encarnacion
put the Cardinals ahead 2-1.

The Cubs had five straight hits to start a four-run third,
including run-scoring singles by Todd Walker and Ramirez and Jacque
Jones' RBI double. Maddux' run-scoring groundout capped the inning,
giving the pitcher his third RBI of the year.

Four straight hits with one out in the fifth put the Cardinals
ahead 6-5, including an RBI single by Rolen and RBI doubles by
Edmonds and Encarnacion.

Rolen had a sacrifice fly and Edmonds an RBI single in a
three-run sixth that made it 9-5. Ronny Cedeno, who had two hits,
had an RBI single in the seventh for the Cubs.

Jason Isringhausen got the last three outs for his NL-leading
18th save in 21 chances.

Game notes
Maddux remained tied for 13th on the career victory list
with Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton. ... Scott Spiezio missed his sixth
straight game with an upper respiratory tract infection that has
kept him at home all weekend. ... Cedeno 14-for-33 during a
career-best nine-game hitting streak, also the longest for the Cubs
this year.