Lilly's Arm Helps Cubs Beat Cards
Southpaw records 1,000th strikeout and collect extra-base hit
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted May 3, 2008 7:12 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Ryan Ludwick dives and catches a ball hit by the Chicago Cubs' Ryan Theriot. The Cubs won 9-3.    (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
camera-icon View 4 more images

(Newser) – Ted Lilly worked seven solid innings, recorded his 1,000th strikeout and added his second career extra-base hit, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals today. Mike Fontenot hit a three-run homer and had a career-best four RBIs for Chicago, which finished with 12 hits and won for only the third time in nine games.

Kyle Lohse (3-1) faced 10 batters in the fourth and allowed eight runs overall in six-plus innings, entering the game with a 2.36 ERA and exiting at 3.79. Albert Pujols hit his sixth homer for St. Louis and has reached base in all 31 games. Yadier Molina also went deep. Lilly (2-4) hit a season best for innings, allowing three runs and six hits.