ST. LOUIS (AP) - Derrek Lee homered his first two at-bats, helping the Chicago Cubs pummel Kyle Lohse and knock the St. Louis Cardinals out of first place in the NL Central with a 9-7 victory on Sunday.
Ryan Dempster (11-8) won his third straight start for the Cubs, who have won only 4 of 18 but took two out of 3 against a team that had grabbed the division lead with a 3-game sweep at Cincinnati. The Cubs won consecutive games for the first time since July 23-24 against the Cardinals at home.
Albert Pujols became the first player to hit 30 homers in his first 10 seasons when he belted a drive to straightaway center in the first. The St. Louis slugger has homered in 7 of his last 13 games.