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GAME OF THE DAY

Cubs rout Cardinals in makeup game

September 11, 2007|From the Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs got 17 hits during a one-game stopover Monday at Wrigley Field, helping Ted Lilly (15-7) match his career high for victories and beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-3.

"It is weird," said Aramis Ramirez, who homered twice and had four hits. "We were supposed to be in Houston having a day off today, and we're here playing a game in Chicago."

Ramirez wasn't complaining, just happy to see his teammates join him in a rare burst of offense.

It was only the third victory in eight games for Chicago and lifted the Cubs into a first-place tie with Milwaukee. St. Louis is three games behind the National League Central leaders.

Derrek Lee and Ramirez homered in a five-run fourth inning, and Ramirez hit a solo shot in a four-run eighth.

Both teams made a detour to play the makeup, caused by an Aug. 19 rainout. The Cardinals were on their way to Cincinnati from Arizona and the Cubs arrived from Pittsburgh on the way to Houston.

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