ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Home runs by pinch hitters and wins at Busch Stadium have been rare for the
. On Saturday, they got both.
led off the ninth inning with a home run, giving the Cubs their fourth win in the last 25 road games against the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1.
Batting just .185 (10-for-54) in his previous 18 games, Bellhorn fouled off three straight pitches before sending lefthander
's 3-2 offering over the left field fence for his second home run of the season.
"I just went up there trying to be aggressive," Bellhorn said. "I was a little out front, but after each pitch, I relaxed a little more and let that last one get a little deeper and I hit it good. I know, being in that situation, he doesn't want to walk the leadoff hitter, so he was trying to throw me a strike and I got good wood on it."
"They were all down and away," Kline said. "He was going out more aggressive and kept trying to turn on it. When you throw six in a row, this is the big leagues, it was a good pitch, he just beat me."
Bellhorn's other homer this season came from the left side of the plate on April 15 in an 11-1 romp over Cincinnati.
"He hadn't hit a home run in I don't know how long and now he gets one pinch hitting," Cubs manager
said. "We'll take it, we'll take it any way we can. We didn't want to go down 0-2 at Busch Stadium. It's a tough place to play, a tough place to win."
It was the first homer by a Cubs' pinch hitter since September 14, when
connected in the sixth inning of a 3-1 loss at Cincinnati.
Bellhorn, who set a record for Chicago switch hitters with 27 home runs last season, has been dropped to seventh in the lineup and sat out this contest in favor of journeyman
. He batted for
(2-0), who struck out
to end the bottom of the eighth after
homered off starter
to forge a 1-1 tie.
gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.
led off the inning with a single and stole second before going to third on a groundout by
. But Borowski kept him there by getting pinch hitter
to pop out and retiring pinch hitter
on a flyout.
In addition to the homer, Kline (1-4) walked one and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings.
Prior became the first Cubs' starter to collect three hits since
on June 18, 1998.
The 22-year-old righthander allowed just one earned run for the third time in his last four starts. He threw 107 pitches, yielding six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
also turned in a strong start for St. Louis. Pounded for nine runs and nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings in a rainout last Sunday, he allowed one run and nine hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out four.
"I don't know if it makes you lock in a little bit more, knowing you can't give them any breaks. I was roughed up my last game in Chicago," Tomko said. "I needed to work on my offspeed (stuff) a little bit and get that sharper. I can't be too disappointed going out for seven innings and only giving up one run."
St. Louis had a chance to give Tomko the lead in the fourth, when Pujols and Edmonds singled to put runners on the corners. But Prior struck out Rolen and Renteria. When Renteria swung and missed at Prior's 3-2 pitch, Edmonds and the Cardinals tried to execure a double steal. But second baseman
's throw in front of the bag and fired back to the catcher to nail Pujols.
Asked if he regretted the decision, St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
replied, "It's 3-2, you start the runner, if you get a ground ball you get a run."
"I got into some stuations and got a couple of strikeouts and a big play from Damion and Grudz on that steal and throw out the guy at home," Prior said.
Prior, who entered with a .261 batting average, led off the seventh with a double to right-center field and moved up when Grudzielanek flied out. One out later, Troy O'Leary walked before
delivered a ground-rule double to right for a 1-0 lead.
Tomko prevented further damage by getting
to ground out.