ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ryan Dempster's winless streak is now at 15 starts. But the Chicago Cubs took a step forward with their luckless pitcher.
"It's all right. Baby steps," Dempster said after the Cubs sent the St. Louis Cardinals to their fourth straight loss at home with a 6-4 victory on Monday night. "We got a win when I started a game."
Alfonso Soriano singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Bryan LaHair had three hits, including a two-run homer -- his ninth overall and fourth against the Cardinals -- to break a 1-for-14 slump. Chicago's runs in the eighth and ninth innings came too late for Dempster, whose last victory was Aug. 16 against the Nationals.
Shawn Camp (2-1) allowed one hit in two innings of work and Rafael Dolis worked the ninth for his fourth save in six chances for the Cubs, who won for only the fourth time in their last 13 games in St. Louis despite stranding a season-worst 14 runners.
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