ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to cap a three-run rally and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-5 Saturday night to win a series in St. Louis for the first time in nearly three years.
Matt Holliday homered for twice St. Louis, which lost its fourth in a row. Chicago won for the third time in four games.
The Cubs trailed 4-2 entering the eighth, but tied it 4-4 on Darwin Barney's two-out, two-run double by off reliever Trevor Rosenthal (1-3). Navarro followed with his fifth pinch-hit RBI of the season to give Chicago a 5-4 lead.
Blake Parker (1-1) picked up the victory for the Cubs, who last won a series in St. Louis on Sept. 13-15, 2010.
Welington Castillo homered in the second to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.
Castillo and Nate Schierholtz drew leadoff walks to start the eighth. Rosenthal struck out the next two batters before Barney hit his 20th double of the season.
Kevin Gregg picked up his 25th save in 29 opportunities despite giving up Holliday's 15th homer of the season, a solo shot with one out in the ninth. Gregg retired the final two batters on ground outs.
Schierholtz added a run-scoring single in the ninth.
Castillo also had a sacrifice fly in the fifth that trimmed the deficit to 3-2.
Holliday hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Chicago starter Carlos Villanueva to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead.
St. Louis rookie right-hander Michael Wacha, making his fourth major league start, surrendered two runs on five hits in a 99-pitch stint. He was recalled from Triple-A Memphis earlier in the day for the spot start.
Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran led off the fourth with singles to set the stage for Holliday's line-drive blast over the left-field wall.
The three-run outburst broke a string of 17 straight scoreless innings by St. Louis.
Villanueva gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings. His last win as a starter came on April 18.
The Cardinals stretched the lead to 4-2 on back-to-back doubles by Carpenter and Beltran in the sixth.
NOTES: St. Louis OF Jon Jay, INF Daniel Descalso and C Tony Cruz met with several Real Madrid soccer players, including standout Cristiano Ronaldo, before to Real Madrid's match with Inter Milan earlier in the day. ... St. Louis rookie C Rob Johnson started for the third time this season and had two hits. ... Cruz is mired in an 0-for-10 slump. ... Chicago is 34-34 since May 26.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighteen U.S. diplomatic outposts closed because of a terrorist threat will reopen Sunday, but the U.S. Embassy in Yemen will remain closed.
The State Department cites ongoing concerns about potential terrorist attacks by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula for keeping the embassy in Sanaa shut. An intercepted message between al-Qaida officials triggered the 19 closures.
Most American employees at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen were ordered to leave the country on Tuesday because of the threat.
A separate threat has also led to the closure of the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan. It, too, remains closed.
The closures have called into question Obama's assertion last spring that al-Qaida's headquarters was "a shadow of its former self." But at a news conference yesterday, the president noted that he's also said that al-Qaida and other extremists have "metastasized into regional groups that can pose significant dangers."
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — The death of a 7-year-old boy in Virginia by a stray bullet is drawing attention to the dangers of celebratory shooting.
The practice involves firing a weapon into the sky, often on New Year's Eve and July Fourth.
This summer, a bullet pierced Brendon Mackey's head as he went to a fireworks show in central Virginia. Brendon died the next day.
Police determined that the bullet was probably fired within a 5,200-foot radius. Investigators have knocked on hundreds of doors hoping to find the person who fired the fatal shot. No one has come forward.
A state senator is proposing "Brendon's Law" to curb celebratory shooting and to provide stiffer penalties for those who maim or injure others with stray bullets.
One man is in critical condition after shots were fired during an overnight brawl.
Police were called to the site of a large fight near the corner of Louisiana and Osage around 12:30 AM. Before officers arrived, witnesses say shots were fired.
When the officers pulled up to the scene and exited the car, someone pointed a gun at them. The officers ordered him to drop the gun, but he did not. Police opened fire and the suspect ran.
While police were looking for the suspect, they found a man who had been shot. That man is in critical but stable condition and police are investigating his shooting.
The suspect was captured a short time later.