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Neifi's slam lifts Cubs
Cubs 8, Cardinals 4
Neifi Perez celebrates with Aramis Ramirez after his grand slam. (Tom Gannam/AP)
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Neifi Perez put the exclamation point on another classic meeting between the Cubs and Cardinals with a grand slam in the 10th inning. Mark Prior settled down after allowing three homers in the first inning, and Henry Blanco and Aramis Ramirez each drove in two runs as the Cubs came from behind.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: July 24, 2005
CHC
Chi Cubs (50-48)
Won 2
Chi Cubs 8, St. Louis 4   STL
St. Louis (62-36)
Lost 2
July 24, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4   8 10 1
St. Louis
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   4 8 1
Standings through 7/24/05  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Cardinals Stats
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Hairston, CF5010001.270
Walker, 2B5110001.297
Lee, 1B1200400.369
Burnitz, RF4000004.278
Ramirez, 3B4322112.316
Hollandsworth, LF4010001.260
Novoa, P0000000.000
Dempster, P0000000.077
b-Barrett, PH1000013.272
Rusch, P0000000.143
Perez, SS5114002.265
Blanco, C5142000.211
Prior, P2000011.231
a-Macias, PH1000001.280
Wuertz, P0000000.000
Ohman, P0000000.000
Gerut, LF1000000.260
Totals3881085316 

a-Grounded into a double play for Prior in the 7th. b-Struck out for Dempster in the 10th.

BATTING
2B: Hollandsworth (15, Suppan), Walker (15, Reyes).
HR: Blanco (3, 2nd inning off Suppan, 0 on, 2 out), Ramirez (27, 8th inning off Tavarez, 1 on, 2 out), Perez (8, 10th inning off Reyes, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Hairston; Walker 2; Ramirez 5; Hollandsworth 2; Perez 4; Blanco 7.
RBI: Blanco 2 (10), Ramirez 2 (73), Perez 4 (39).
2-out RBI: Blanco 2; Ramirez 2; Perez 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez; Perez.
S: Burnitz.
GIDP: Macias.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Ramirez (12, fielding).

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS5011001.275
Nunez, 3B4131100.302
Pujols, 1B4000104.334
Edmonds, CF5111003.266
Mabry, RF5121021.276
Grudzielanek, 2B5010012.284
Taguchi, LF3000201.263
Diaz, C4000003.215
Suppan, P2000000.206
a-Rodriguez, PH1000010.364
Thompson, P0000000.000
King, P0000000.000
Tavarez, P0000000.000
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
b-Seabol, PH0000100.250
1-Luna, PR0100000.258
Reyes, P0000000.000
Totals384845415 

a-Struck out for Suppan in the 6th. b-Walked for Isringhausen in the 9th.
1-Ran for Seabol in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Grudzielanek (17, Prior).
HR: Nunez (5, 1st inning off Prior, 0 on, 1 out), Edmonds (17, 1st inning off Prior, 0 on, 2 out), Mabry (5, 1st inning off Prior, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Eckstein; Nunez 6; Edmonds 4; Mabry 5; Grudzielanek 2.
RBI: Nunez (26), Edmonds (54), Mabry (23), Eckstein (27).
2-out RBI: Edmonds; Mabry; Eckstein.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz; Edmonds; Grudzielanek; Pujols.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Luna (3, 2nd base off Dempster/Blanco).
CS: Nunez (1, 2nd base by Wuertz/Blanco).

FIELDING
E: Pujols (8, fielding).
Outfield assists: Taguchi (Blanco at 2nd base).
DP: (Grudzielanek-Eckstein-Pujols).

 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Prior 6.05333233.23
Wuertz 1.00001004.43
Ohman (H, 9)0.20000102.35
Novoa (H, 4)0.10000004.29
Dempster (BS, 2)(W, 3-3)1.02111004.14
Rusch 1.01000103.92
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Suppan 6.05222214.16
Thompson (H, 6)1.11111003.60
King (H, 12)0.10000002.33
Tavarez (BS, 2)0.11110012.89
Isringhausen 1.00000001.78
Reyes (L, 3-2)1.03442112.95

WP: Suppan.
IBB: Lee (by Reyes), Ramirez (by Reyes).
Pitches-strikes: Prior 108-69, Wuertz 12-6, Ohman 9-6, Novoa 1-1, Dempster 25-15, Rusch 15-10, Suppan 86-51, Thompson 20-12, King 4-2, Tavarez 7-4, Isringhausen 19-13, Reyes 26-16.
Ground outs-fly outs: Prior 9-7, Wuertz 0-2, Ohman 1-0, Novoa 1-0, Dempster 2-1, Rusch 1-1, Suppan 8-8, Thompson 3-1, King 0-1, Tavarez 1-0, Isringhausen 0-3, Reyes 1-0.
Batters faced: Prior 27, Wuertz 3, Ohman 2, Novoa 1, Dempster 6, Rusch 4, Suppan 25, Thompson 5, King 1, Tavarez 2, Isringhausen 4, Reyes 7.
Inherited runners-scored: King 1-0, Tavarez 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Crawford. 1B: CB Bucknor. 2B: Phil Cuzzi. 3B: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 98 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, R to L.
T: 3:40.
Att: 49,762.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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