CHICAGO (AP) -
has experienced both sides of the Cardinals-Cubs matchup, one of baseball's most spirited and emotional rivalries.
After eight seasons with the Cardinals, when he was often booed at Wrigley Field, Edmonds got a curtain call Friday from the
same Cubs fans after hitting the second of his two homers against
in Chicago's 3-2 win.
's bases-loaded single in the 11th drove in the winning run as the Cubs improved to 44-16 at home, matching their Wrigley
win total of last season.
''It's a little odd to play against a group of individuals that I've been so close to for so long, it's like playing in the
backyard with your family. So it's different that way,'' Edmonds said. ''But you know, you got to separate and move on.''
During Edmonds' return trip to St. Louis last month, Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
was miffed about Edmonds' comments that he was happy to be with the Cubs and tired of talking about his past. Edmonds responded
by saying La Russa ducked him before the first game of that series.
And he said he still hasn't spoken to La Russa.
''No. I'm just playing baseball, that's all I know,'' Edmonds said.
Edmonds appeared to enjoy his first homer Friday, pausing at the plate momentarily to watch it take off before rounding the
bases. Before the drive, Edmonds was 0-for-7 this season against his former team.
''That's what it's all about, having fun. The guy that's pitching over there is a great friend of mine,'' Edmonds said.
Edmonds' stellar performance came on the Cardinals' first visit to Wrigley this season. And La Russa said he didn't see anything
extra from Edmonds after his first homer.
''He's been a good player his whole career. He had a good day today. I didn't notice anything and nobody said anything to
me about it,'' La Russa said. ''If you look around, everybody gets excited when they do great. ...That's just the way the
game is today.''
Edmonds' second homer, his 15th of the season, was an opposite-field shot to left-center. He ran quickly around the bases
after tying the game but did come out of the dugout for a curtain call.
With the score 2-2,
drew a leadoff walk against
(4-5) in the 11th and, running on a 3-2 pitch, took third on
's single to right center.
was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Blanco, who entered in the 10th, lined a pitch over shortstop
. It was Blanco's first game-winning RBI this season in just his 80th at-bat. The veteran backup catcher has also been tutoring
''That's why we call it a team. At some point in the season all 25 count,'' Blanco said. ''I know what my job is. I just got
to stay ready when they need me.''
(5-4) pitched the 11th for the win.
homered for the Cardinals, who had two runners cut down at the plate - one on a squeeze bunt attempt in the fifth and the
second when left fielder
made a great throw after catching a fly ball for an inning-ending double play in the sixth.
Izturis doubled in the fifth and made third when Edmonds' relay throw skipped by
and Lee for an error. But with Looper, the No. 8 hitter at the plate, the Cardinals tried a bunt.
's low inside pitch knocked Looper off his feet and Cubs' Soto easily tagged out Izturis, who had broken from third.
's RBI grounder in the sixth gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Lilly intentionally walked
and then walked
to load the bases with just one out.
hit a fly to medium left but Soriano, who was moving forward when he made the catch, made a laser-like peg to the plate and
Soto tagged Mather out on a close play.
''It took a good throw to get me out,'' Mather said. ''He didn't leave me a whole lot of plate, but I thought I might have
snuck my hand in there. When he called me out, he had a pretty good view of it.''
Notes: Glaus went 0-for-5 and is hitless in 29 at-bats against the Cubs this season. ... Cubs' rookie reliever
pitched two scoreless innings and alertly threw out Pujols when he took off from first and tried to steal second in the 10th.
, who just came off the DL this week after a blister problem on his finger, was unavailable because of a sore back, manager