ST. LOUIS – Kyle Hendricks and Addison Russell had successful squeeze bunts and Jorge Soler capped a five-run second with a two-run homer, and the Chicago Cubs held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Saturday night to even their NL Division series at a game apiece.
Chicago manager Joe Maddon made all the right moves a night after the Cubs lost the opener 4-0. Now the series shifts to Wrigley Field for Game 3 Monday, where Chicago's 22-game winner Jake Arrieta faces St. Louis' Michael Wacha in the best-of-five series.
The usually steady NL Central champion Cardinals made two errors as the Cubs didn't hit the ball out of the infield in scoring their first three runs in the second.
Playing in his first postseason game, Soler connected off lefthander Jaime Garcia to give Chicago a 5-1 lead.
Garcia was removed after two shaky innings due to a stomach virus. He badly blew a play on a safety squeeze by pitcher Kyle Hendricks, then was victimized by another successful squeeze the next at-bat.
Though none of the runs were earned, the lefty's first postseason start since 2012 was a disaster.
Garcia had made a full recovery from thoracic outlet surgery that cost him much of the previous three seasons.
"Every time I take that mound, basically take it as if it's your last time ever to pitch in a major league game," Garcia said Friday.
Hendricks did not get the victory, as he was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning after the Cardinals pulled within 6-3. But the Cubs bullpen shut the door.