St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong flips his helmet as he walks off the field after flying out to end a baseball game as members of the Chicago Cubs celebrate in the background Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in St. Louis. The Cubs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Chicago Cubs center fielder Leonys Martin catches a ball at the wall hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong to end a baseball game in the 11th inning Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in St. Louis. The Cubs won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong tosses his bat as Chicago Cubs catcher Alex Avila jogs off the field after DeJong struck out to end the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn pauses on the mound after walking Chicago Cubs' Leonys Martin during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:18 pm
Cards miss playoffs for 2nd straight year, lose to Cubs 2-1
By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention when Leonys Martin leaped at the center-field fence to rob Paul DeJong of a tying home run with two outs in the 11th inning, preserving the Chicago Cubs' 2-1 win over St. Louis on Thursday night.
St. Louis, which went 5-14 against its rival, missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008. At 82-77, the Cardinals are assured their fewest wins since going 78-84 in 2007.
A day after clinched their second straight NL Central title, the defending World Series champions started only two position players who had played in at least 100 games: outfielders Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber.
Schwarber singled off Matt Bowman (3-6) with one out in the 11th and Davis, who struck out in his first three at-bats, hit a run-scoring double down the left-field line.
Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0) pitched three hitless innings.
Happ homered in the first off Lance Lynn, who allowed three hits in five innings. Lynn is eligible for free agency and likely was making his final start for the Cardinals.
Kyle Hendricks struck out nine and allowed four hits in five innings. Dexter Fowler had an RBI groundout in the sixth against Justin Grimm.
Cardinals: C Yadier Molina remains in a concussion protocol and likely will not play for the remainder of the season. He was removed from Monday's game after taking two foul tips off the mask on successive pitches.
Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (7-3, 3.50) will face visiting Cincinnati and RHP Robert Stephenson (5-6, 4.86) on Friday. Quintana pitched a three-hit shutout over Milwaukee on Sept. 24.
Cardinals: RHP John Gant (0-0, 3.65) will face Milwaukee and RHP Chase Anderson (11-4, 2.81) on Friday in St. Louis. Gant will be making his second start this season.
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