ST. LOUIS — Manager Dale Sveum acknowledged Sunday morning that his players took notice of the fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals adjusted their rotation so that two of their starters were pushed back to face opponents in series considered more challenging than theirs against the Chicago Cubs.
“You take anything like that personal,” said Sveum, one day after the Cubs rallied for a 6-5 win over a Cardinals team that started rookie Michael Wacha and pushed back veteran Adam Wainwright to Tuesday against Pittsburgh. “Obviously, they’re doing what they think they need to be doing, being in the pennant race with all that. But obviously with the guys in that locker room take it to heart they’re kind of seeing it as, ‘(You’re) not a very good team and we’re going to get by you with this guy or that guy and we’ll move you out.’ It’s a competitive nature in anyone to take that to heart.
“Any win is good, and obviously other wins are better than others. And that’s one of those.’’
The Cubs, who already assured themselves of a winning series at St. Louis since a three-game sweep on Sept. 13-15, 2010, fell 8-4 to the Cardinals.
RBI singles by Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney forged a 4-4 tie in the top of the sixth, but the Cardinals countered with a double by Tony Cruz and RBI single by Pete Kozma in the bottom of the inning off reliever Blake Parker.
The Cardinals added three runs in the seventh and eighth off Hector Rondon and Michael Bowden.
The Cardinals pounced on Edwin Jackson for three runs in the bottom of the first. Matt Holliday and John Jay hit RBI singles that sandwiched a sacrifice fly by David Freese.
Holliday lost a high fly in the sun that enabled David DeJesus to score from first with two out for the Cubs’ run in the third.
Jackson allowed four runs on six hits and three walks in five innings.