Cubs overcome 5-run deficit to beat Cards 6-5, Flaherty hurt

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ST. LOUIS — Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning to drive in his third run of the game, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday.

St. Louis led 5-0 but starter Jack Flaherty left after two innings because of right shoulder tightness, and the Cubs tied the score with a five-run fourth. The Cardinals have lost three of their last four games and seven of their last 10.

Contreras hit a tying two-run single in the fourth and led off the 10th with a single off Zack Thompson (1-1) that scored automatic runner Nelson Velazquez.

“I was just trying to hit a ground ball to second base,” Contreras said. “I finally got a fastball up, and I was trying to get on top it.”

Contreras, who struck out in his first two trips to the plate, found a hole in the shift for his 31st RBI.

“He didn’t get frustrated,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “He locked it back in.”

David Robertson (2-0) retired three straight batters in the bottom half, and the Cubs took two of three from their rival. Chicago has won four of its last five series in St. Louis.

“This is an intense rivalry, an intense place to come and play,” Chicago outfielder Rafael Ortega said. “I’m excited that we were able to take care of this series.”

Ross agreed, “We play these guys really tough. Our pitching showed up, we made pitches. Our guys fought really hard, I’m super proud of them.”

Flaherty was making his third start this season after missing the first 64 games while recovering from shoulder surgery. He gave up one hit, struck out two and walked two, throwing 49 pitches.

Flaherty was not available after game. St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said Flaherty had a, “dead arm sensation.” Marmol also said the ailment was not connected to Flaherty’s previous injury.

Nick Wittgren allowed four straight singles starting the fourth, including Alex Rivas’ RBI hit. Johan Oviedo gave up a one-out double to Rafael Ortega, and Contreras followed with the tying hit.

Nolan Arenado had a run-scoring single in the first, Tommy Edman grounded into a run-scoring forceout in the second and Brendan Donovan, Paul Goldschmidt and Juan Yepez homered in a 12-pitch span in the third off Alec Mills. Donovan and Goldschmidt hit back-to-back drives, with Goldschmidt’s his team-leading 18th.

LIGHTS ON

The Cardinals play 10 of their next 11 games at night. They have played 33 day games this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz, sidelined since May 23 with shoulder impingement, is to pitch two innings at Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. He is still at least two weeks away from returning to the Cardinals starting rotation.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (7-2, 3.10 will face Cincinnati RHP Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.71) on Tuesday in the first of a three-game set in Chicago. Thompson has allowed just one run over his last 12 innings,

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.32) takes on Miami RHP Pablo Lopez (5-3, 2.61) in the first of a three-game set on Monday in St. Louis. Wainwright is 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 appearances against the Marlins.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.