Saturday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the rival Chicago Cubs (STL 5, CHC 3) to further increase their NL Central lead. The Cardinals have a 1 1/2 game lead in the division overall, and a 2 1/2 game lead over the fourth-place Cubs.

In the fifth inning Saturday the Cubs lost a run when rookie Ian Happ, who hit his first career home run later in the game , was ruled to have committed an illegal takeout slide at second base on a potential double play ball. The Cubs had runners on the corners with one out when Anthony Rizzo hit the ball back to Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez. Martinez threw to second for the force out, and Happ's slide prevented the throw to first to complete the double play.

Second base umpire Mike Everitt determined Happ slide into second base illegally, and awarded the Cardinals the inning-ending double play. The run scored by Kyle Schwarber, the runner at third base on the play, did not count.