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April 12, 2014

Castillo's 3-run HR in 11th lifts Cubs over Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs closer Jose Veras stumbled first. Then it was Trevor Rosenthal's turn to fail — at the plate and on the mound.

Welington Castillo hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning off the St. Louis closer, who struck out with an unusual chance to win it, and the Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-3 on Friday night.

"I know he throws really hard," Castillo said. "So I just waited for something over the plate that I can drive, and I put my best wood on it."

The Cardinals tied it with two runs in the ninth and had runners on first and second with two outs in the 10th when manager Mike Matheny decided against a pinch hitter. Rosenthal (0-1) took a called third strike in his second career at-bat and said he didn't carry any disappointment back to the mound.

"Uh no, because I mean, I'm not here to hit," Rosenthal said. "So it's easy to kind of brush it off and just go out there and try to have another shutdown inning."

Nate Schierholtz doubled for his fourth straight hit leading off the 11th and advanced on a sacrifice. Starlin Castro was intentionally walked and Ryan Kalish popped out on a bunt attempt before Castillo lined a 1-1 fastball 426 feet to left for his second homer.

"I figured he might be hunting for a fastball," Rosenthal said. "Looking at the video, I didn't get it up quite as much as I'd hoped, but he put a good swing on a good pitch.

"Not much you can do about it."

Justin Grimm (1-0) walked Matt Holliday and Matt Adams on eight pitches to start the 10th but got out of it, partly because Matheny left Pete Kozma and Tony Cruz on the bench. Grimm struck out Yadier Molina and got Shane Robinson to fly out before facing Rosenthal.

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