ST. LOUIS — Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out, two-run double off closer Jason Isringhausen in the eighth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
The Cubs have won nine of 10 to cut the Cardinals’ NL Central lead to one game. The Cardinals have won 15 of 21 but lost their past two. Two games are left in the series.
Jim Edmonds flied out to left for the final out of the game in his first pinch-hitting appearance of the season. He was scratched because of a groin injury.
Cardinals players wore black wristbands inscribed with the number 57 on the second anniversary of the death of pitcher Darryl Kile. He died in Chicago while the Cardinals were on a trip there.
Moises Alou and Derrek Lee hit home runs for the Cubs, who won for the eighth time in 35 games at Busch Stadium since 2000.
Tony Womack’s RBI single in the seventh gave the Cardinals the lead after Lee’s home run in the top of the seventh tied it at 3.
The Cubs rallied against Isringhausen (3-2). It was the fourth blown save in 19 chances for Isringhausen.
Mark Grudzielanek singled off Jason Marquis to start the eighth and advanced on a sacrifice. Isringhausen got Alou to ground out and walked Sammy Sosa on a full count before Ramirez doubled.
Kyle Farnsworth (3-3) got Edgar Renteria to ground out with runners on second and third for the last out in the seventh. He retired the Cardinals’ 3-4-5 batters, striking out Albert Pujols and John Mabry, in the eighth. LaTroy Hawkins finished for his ninth save in 12 chances.
Marquis lasted 7 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits with a season-high eight strikeouts and two walks. Maddux, who has 295 victories, gave up four runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had won three of his four previous starts, and beat Marquis and the Cardinals on May 3 in St. Louis.
Scott Rolen drove in his major league-leading 71st run with a sacrifice fly in the Cardinals’ three-run first.