CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Matheny insisted it wasn't the umpire's call that set him off at the end of the game. It was his reaction earlier in the ninth inning.
Matheny got into a heated argument with plate umpire Dan Bellino and had to be restrained after the St. Louis Cardinals lost 3-0 to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
He might have made contact with the ump, too, although Matheny insisted he wasn't sure if they touched or if he will be disciplined.
Matheny made one thing clear, though. He was actually upset at Bellino for taking off his mask after a called third strike on Matt Adams leading off the inning.
"It had more to do with the umpire and how he mistreated one of our players, with Adams," Matheny said. "It had nothing to do with the call. It had everything to do with going too far."
Edwin Jackson earned his third straight win, combining with four relievers on a four-hitter, and Anthony Rizzo drove in all three runs for Chicago.
The Cubs were sailing along until they escaped trouble in the eighth and got out of it again in the ninth.
St. Louis had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning after Kevin Gregg dropped a throw covering first base after Rizzo made a diving stop on Allen Craig's grounder and David Freese walked. Alfonso Soriano battled the lights and made a shoestring catch on Jon Jay's liner to end the game.
The Cubs came away with the win. Gregg got his 16th save in 18 chances, and St. Louis' five-game winning streak ended.
Jackson (6-10) struck out five without a walk in seven innings. Starlin Castro added three singles and scored two runs for the Cubs, who won for the fifth time in six games.