CHICAGO (Ticker) --
's third career grand slam and J.D. Drew's solo homer powered the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 victory over the
The Cardinals had a pair of infield singles around a walk with two outs in the second inning. Vina then drove the next pitch from
(3-3) over the right field wall to give St. Louis a 4-0 advantage.
Vina continues to enjoy success against the Cubs. The second baseman has a .339 lifetime batting average (82-for-242) with two homers and 29 RBI against the Cardinals' rivals.
St. Louis bounced back after being swept in a four-game series at Cincinnati.
"Big win for our team after struggling in Cincinnati," Vina said. "Zambrano is a good pitcher and he moves his stuff around. Fortunately, I was able to get the big part of the bat on it."
"I was just trying to throw the ball inside," Zambrano said of his pitch to Vina. "I thought that would be a good pitch, but after the inning I saw the replay."
The Cardinals were leading 4-3 in the eighth when manager
Tony La Russa
was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. But one pitch later, Drew launched a 3-2 offering from Zambrano over the center field wall to make it 5-3.
"I thought he (plate umpire Mike Winters) had a good day," La Russa said. "But I saw J.D. arguing and thought I better get out there and I shouldn't have done what I did."
tacked on another run for the Cardinals in the eighth with an RBI double.
(4-2) allowed three runs and scattered 10 hits in eight innings. The righthander struck out nine, walked two and improved to 8-2 lifetime against the Cubs.
"It's always nice (to win the series opener), especially here," Morris said. "With the whole Cubs-Cardinals rivalry, it's a big win for the team."
Morris retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced, striking out seven during the stretch.
"Matt is our horse," Vina said. "So when we get him a lead, it takes the pressure off the rest of us."
tossed a hitless ninth to record his first save.