ST. LOUIS — Edwin Jackson took the mound tonight at Busch Stadium against his former team, a recurring theme for the well-traveled veteran.
Jackson pitched well until the sixth, but Yadier Molina’s two-run home run opened the door to a three-run inning in the Cardinals 4-1 win.
Jackson lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits.The Cardinals added another run in the inning off Carlos Villanueva, which was charged to Jackson.
Jackson (3-9) gave up a first inning run on Allen Craig’s RBI single, but settled down until the sixth. The Cubs tied the game in the second on Darwin Barney’s sacrifice fly.
Jackson has already faced Washington, Arizona and the White Sox this season, though the start against the Sox was washed out in the third inning by rain. Jackson beat Washington for his first win on May 11, and lost to Arizona on June 2.
But he’d won his last two starts, allowing two earned runs in 13 combined innings against Pittsburgh and the New York Mets.
Jackson hoped to stop red-hot Molina, whom Cubs manager Dale Sveum said “right now” could be the National League MVP.
“We had a lot of bad walk-off losses in this park over the years (with the Brewers), and Molina is right in the middle of every one of them it seems,” Sveum said. “And that even back before he was the hitter he is now. He always seemed to be in the middle of clutch situations.”
And once again Wednesday that was the case. After Matt Holiday singled to lead off the sixth, Molina yanked a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence, and was asked to give a curtain call by Cardinals fans.