MILWAUKEE (AP) -Gabe Kapler singled home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers overcame another blown save by Eric Gagne, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 Tuesday.
The Brewers wasted a five-run lead before Kapler's hit. The Cardinals' loss came with an oddity: Slugger Albert Pujols wound up playing second base for the first time in his big league career.
Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen (1-1) walked Gabe Gross with one out. Gross then easily stole second, with Pujols covering the bag. Kapler followed with a flare to right-center and Gross scored without a throw as his teammates streamed out of the dugout.
Pujols began the game at first base, and shifted over in the bottom of the ninth after shortstop Cesar Izturis left because of a bruised right forearm.
Seth McClung (1-0) pitched one perfect inning to earn the victory. The Brewers' beleaguered bullpen blew an 8-3 lead in the seventh inning - their defense didn't help, failing to turn a double play that would've ended the game.
Cubs 8, Mets 1
CHICAGO (AP) - Ronny Cedeno hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Ted Lilly won for the first time in five starts, and surging Chicago won for the 13th time in 16 games.
The Cubs, who were 7-13 at this point a season ago, had 14 hits and improved to 14-6, their best record after 20 games since 1975.
New York was outscored 15-2 in the two-game series and has lost three in a row following a five-game winning streak.
Lilly (1-3) retired his first 10 batters, lowered his ERA from 9.16 to 7.30 and combined with three relievers on a five-hitter. Lilly allowed one run, four hits and four walks in six innings, striking out four.
Nelson Figueroa (1-1) gave up three runs, seven hits and five walks - one intentional - in five-plus innings.
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