Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

Like most catchers, though, Contreras' favorite moment came on a play that potentially prevented a run.

Leake was pulled after six innings with his team trailing 2-0, giving up five hits and walking three to go along with five strikeouts and two home runs allowed.

"Willson at the plate really caught well". But Contreras struck some fear into the Cubs when he was charged with a throwing error to first base after Kolten Wong struck out for what should have been the final out.

Coming off a 3-6 home stand, the Rays rebounded with just their second win in six games in Fenway this season. Matt Adams was the Cardinals final hope with the tying run in scoring position.

For the second time in six days, the Chicago Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm to the minor leagues. Brett Anderson (8.18) has been lackluster.

"Sounds good to me", Butler said with a smile.

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Though not starting, Fowler has made his presence felt the last two games, pinch-hitting to drive in the game-winning runs in both of the last two games against Miami. "I had no doubt to throw to first because I know the timing was right, and Rizzo did a good job". Dexter was really far (off) first base. "The timing was good between Anthony and me, and he put a good tag on him". Contreras took Cardinals starter Mike Leake deep twice in this one - in the second and then again in the fourth - and looked good doing it. It was the hardest-hit home run of Contreras' career for about half an hour, until he came to the plate in the fourth and took Leake out to center-right at almost 115 miles per hour.

Two innings later, Contreras powdered a 418-foot shot to left center.

That gave Contreras four homers for the year - three in St. Louis.

"I sense sleep deprivation more than anything", he said. Schwaber flew out, but Tommy La Stella hit a low line drive to make it 3-0. Jay filled in for Kris Bryant, who was scratched five minutes before game time with a stomach bug.

Will Mike Leake lead the Cardinals to a win versus the Cubs tonight at 8:15PM ET?

Performing in front of a sellout crowd - at 47,601 it would be recorded as the third-largest regular-season mark in Busch Stadium III history - Butler felt so amped up that he allowed back-to-back walks with two outs in the first inning. But his teammates were baffled by Butler, who touched 97 miles per hour with his fastball and looked nothing like a guy who had a 6.50 ERA in 36 prior appearances with the Rockies. Manager Joe Maddon said he will also miss Saturday's game, per Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago. Friday night's game at Nationals Park will be made up Sunday as part of a day-night doubleheader.

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