There was more satisfaction Saturday night for the Cubs than just discovering the art of hitting with runners in scoring position.

For Dioner Navarro it was showing he could produce without taking pregame batting practice by whacking a double to score the go-ahead run in a 6-5 comeback win over the Cardinals.

For Darwin Barney and some other teammates there was motivation to beat a playoff contender that had sights bigger than beating the Cubs.

"There's something about playing the Cardinals" Barney said after hitting a two-run game-tying double that preceded Navarro's double in the eighth.

"It's not good to say but you get up more for games like this. It's just one of those things. They're in the hunt. They need to win some ballgames and we're playing spoilers once again."

The Cubs took note of the fact that veteran Adam Wainwright was moved back to pitch Tuesday against National League Central leader Pittsburgh with rookie Michael Wacha starting Saturday against the Cubs and allowing two runs in five innings.

"If you look at it from their point of view you don't really try to take offense to that kind of stuff" Barney said. "Obviously we knew what happened and it wasn't talked about.

"(Wacha) threw well. He has good stuff. It's not like they were throwing out nobody against us.''

In order to eventually catch the Cardinals the Cubs will have to show dramatic improvement with runners in scoring position as they displayed with the hits by Barney and Navarro who showed no signs of a right ankle bruise suffered Wednesday in a violent collision with the Phillies' Chase Utley.