|St. Louis Cardinals' Jaime Garcia pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 23, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)|
Mather lifts Cubs over Cardinals
St. Louis closer Jason Motte (1-1) had the Cubs down to their final strike when Mather, a former Cardinal, grounded a 2-2 slider up the middle, scoring Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto.
LaHair battled Motte for 12 pitches before drawing a one-out walk. Motte then walked Soto, before Steve Clevenger's grounder moved the runners up to set the plate for Mather.
Rafael Dolis (1-1) picked up the win in relief.
Jaime Garcia outdueled Matt Garza, who held St. Louis to two runs and four hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three.