Baseball / Sports

Cubs use long ball to beat Cardinals in first game of doubleheader

ST. LOUIS -- Felix Doubront got the victory in his Cubs debut Saturday in Game 1 of a split doubleheader against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cubs won 5-1 thanks to three home runs.

At the plate

Chris Coughlin's two-run single off Justin Masterson in the second inning started the scoring. Chris Valaika, who scored the second run, was called out at the plate, but the call was overturned after a Cubs' challenge. Logan Watkins' first career home run made it 3-1 in the fourth, and Valaika followed with a solo shot. Starlin Castro tied his career high with his 14th home run in the fifth inning.

On the mound

Doubront allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings, with four strikeouts and one walk. He was 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA with the Red Sox this year, and has a career record of 26-22 with a 4.18 ERA. The Cubs are 19-13 since July 28, the best record in the National League Central since that date with the fourth-best mark in the NL.

The quote

Friday's win brought euphoria to some long-suffering Cubs fans because of the combined performance of the rookies, though it was, after all, only one game. "The significance of Friday's outcome is the way those kids played, the way they went about their business," manager Rick Renteria said. "For me, the victories, the wins and losses, it's a moot point because one or the other is going to happen."

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