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What Molina starts, Carlos closes as Cardinals push Cubs closer to the edge, win 2-1

CHICAGO — With only a handful hits and a few chances to make the most of them, the Cardinals out-weathered whatever the Cubs threw at them Friday to outlast them and, just maybe, oust them from the division race.

The Cardinals got two runs on Yadier Molina’s groudball single to center field and that was enough as they edged the rivals, 2-1, during a 4-hour game at Wrigley Field that utilized a total of 15 pitchers. The Cubs used eight different relievers and nine pitchers total to quiet the Cardinals offense and wait, wait, wait for their lineup to take the hint.