ST. LOUIS (AP) — No doubt, the St. Louis Cardinals bring out the best in Darwin Barney.
The Chicago Cubs’ eighth-place hitter is likely a blip on the scouting report with a .215 average and lack of power. Yet he had a pair of two-RBI games to end the series and is 9 for 19 with eight RBIs his last five games against the Cardinals.
“I don’t know what my numbers are against them, I really have no idea, Barney said after the Cardinals ended a four-game losing streak and avoided a sweep with an 8-4 victory Sunday.
Maybe, Barney theorized, it’s because they’re in the same division. He’s batting .317 against the Cardinals overall with two homers and 10 RBIs in 41 at-bats and .202 with four homers and 25 RBIs against everyone else in 326 at-bats.
“You see a team a lot and you feel comfortable going to their stadium, I think that might have something to do with it,” he said. “Sometimes when
you go somewhere where you go once a year, you’re not as comfortable.”
The Cubs took the first two games for their first series win in St. Louis since a three-game sweep Sept. 13-15, 2010. They’d been 0-6-1 the seven series since then.
“You’re always trying to win a series and obviously it’s always nice to sweep,” Barney said. “But anytime you can take two out of three here, it’s
definitely a good thing.”
Edwin Jackson allowed four runs in five innings, setting the tone for a staff that struggled throughout the series finale. His last two starts, Jackson has allowed 11 runs in 10 innings.
“He was missing location bad,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He got away with some stuff, got some double plays, balls were hit pretty hard.”
Pete Kozma, the Cardinals’ eighth-place hitter, singled home the tie-breaking run in the sixth inning.