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ST. Nike Shox Sale Canada . LOUIS -- Dioner Navarro made it look simple Saturday night. The Chicago catcher, picking up a bat for the first time in three days, lashed a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to break a tie and cap a three-run rally that helped the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5. The win gave the Cubs, who won the opener 3-0 on Friday, a series win in St. Louis for the first time in nearly three years. Matt Holliday homered twice for St. Louis, which lost its fourth in a row. Chicago won for the third time in four games. Navarro arrived in St. Louis early in the afternoon after having a battery of tests following a scary home-plate collision with Philadelphias Chase Utley on Wednesday night. Navarro was carted off the field with what was thought to be a broken ankle. But X-rays and an MRI showed no damage, so Navarro rejoined his team in time for Saturdays contest. After speaking with manager Dale Sveum, it was determined that Navarro could be used, "only in a game-winning situation," according to the catcher. Navarro didnt take batting practice Saturday and was unable to sharpen his stroke. Yet as a pinch hitter in the eighth, he slapped an offering from reliever Trevor Rosenthal into the gap to break a 4-4 tie. "I knew he was going to throw me a fastball," Navarro said. "He didnt want to go to 2-1 (in the count). I put a good swing on it and was fortunate enough to hit it in the gap." Navarros ability to come off the bench and drive a 98 mph pitch impressed his teammates, especially infielder Darwin Barney, who tied the game with a two-run double in the eighth. "The guy is unbelievable," Barney said. "He gets here today, he hasnt taken a swing. To turn on 98 after having not seen a pitch in three days, thats pretty unbelievable," Navarro convinced Sveum that he was good to go before the game. "We tested to find out if he was even ready to play," Sveum said. "You dont worry about him because hes so good off the bench." Navarro is 7 for 20 (.350) as a pinch hitter this season. The Cubs trailed 4-2 entering the eighth, but tied it 4-4 on Barneys two-out, two-run double off Rosenthal (1-3). Navarro followed with his fifth pinch-hit RBI of the season to give Chicago a 5-4 lead. Blake Parker (1-1) picked up the victory for the Cubs, who last won a series in St. Louis on Sept. 13-15, 2010. Chicago has captured the first two games of this set despite struggling since mid-July. Barney says the Cardinals simply bring out the best in his club. "You hate to say it, but you get up more for games like this," Barney said. "Theyre in the hunt, and were playing spoilers once again. Hopefully, we can keep doing it." Welington Castillo homered in the second to give Chicago to a 1-0 lead. Castillo and Nate Schierholtz drew leadoff walks to start the eighth. Rosenthal struck out the next two batters before Barney hit his 20th double of the season. Kevin Gregg picked up his 25th save in 29 opportunities despite giving up Hollidays 15th homer of the season, a solo shot with one out in the ninth. Gregg retired the final two batters on ground outs. Schierholtz added a run-scoring single in the ninth. Castillo also had a sacrifice fly in the fifth that trimmed the deficit to 3-2. Holliday hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Chicago starter Carlos Villanueva to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. St. Louis rookie right-hander Michael Wacha, making his fourth major league start, surrendered two runs on five hits in a 99-pitch stint. He was recalled from Triple-A Memphis earlier in the day for the spot start. Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran led off the fourth with singles to set the stage for Hollidays line-drive blast over the left-field wall. The three-run outburst broke a string of 17 straight scoreless innings by St. Louis. "Sometimes we just dont get it done," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "We had opportunities. Weve just got to do things a little different." Holliday had the 18th multi-homer game of his career. Villanueva gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings. His last win as a starter came on April 18. The Cardinals stretched the lead to 4-2 on back-to-back doubles by Carpenter and Beltran in the sixth. St. Louis switched around its starting rotation for the series, moving ace Adam Wainwright, the original Saturday starter, to Tuesday so he could face Pittsburgh in the first game of a three-game series between the top two teams in the NL Central. Darwin said the move did not go unnoticed in the Chicago clubhouse. "It wasnt not talked about, lets say that," he said. NOTES: Barney is 7 for 15 with six RBI in his last four games against the Cardinals. ... St. Louis OF Jon Jay, INF Daniel Descalso and C Tony Cruz met with several Real Madrid soccer players, including standout Cristiano Ronaldo, before to Real Madrids match with Inter Milan earlier in the day. ... St. Louis rookie C Rob Johnson started for the third time this season and had two hits. ... Cruz is mired in an 0-for-10 slump. ... Chicago is 34-34 since May 26. Nike Shox Canada Online . -- With his team down 16 points in the second quarter and headed for another blowout loss at home, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson yelled out to his players to keep shooting and keep fighting on defence. Nike Shox Canada Cheap .com) - James Harden had 32 points, including a tying layup late in regulation, and the Houston Rockets scored eight of their 13 points in overtime at the foul line to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-111 on Friday night. http://www.cheapnikeshoxcanada.com/ . -- The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three goals in 33 seconds of the second period en route to defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-1 in American Hockey League action on Friday.PRETORIA, South Africa - More than a year after he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius is expected to finally answer questions about why he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door when his murder trial resumes this week and his defence lawyers begin presenting the evidence they hope will save the Olympic athlete from going to prison for 25 years to life. Pistorius account that he killed Steenkamp by mistake is going to "stand or fall" with his testimony in court, a legal expert says. Charged with premeditated murder for Steenkamps death, Pistorius and his defence team say he will testify to counter accusations that he intentionally killed Steenkamp by firing four times through the door in his bathroom before dawn on Valentines Day last year, hitting her in the head, arm and hip. Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle. South Africa has no trial by jury, meaning Judge Thokozile Masipa will pronounce Pistorius guilty or not guilty of murder, and Pistorius has the chance to convince her that he did not intentionally kill the 29-year-old model. But Pistorius testimony also gives prosecutors the chance to cross-examine the celebrated double-amputee runner and scrutinize every aspect of his story. Facing a possible life sentence, his questioning by chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel could be the biggest challenge yet for the 27-year-old Pistorius, a disabled athlete who fought for years to win the right to compete alongside able-bodied runners and made history by running at the 2012 Olympics. Brian Webber, one of Pistorius lawyers, said they had no choice but to put Pistorius on the stand. Legal experts say its a risk Pistorius defence has to take. In a rare comment after the prosecution closed its case, Pistorius said "we have a lot ahead of us." Pistorius often reacted emotionally to details of Steenkamps death in the four weeks of prosecution-led testimony at his trial. He retched loudly and vomited in court when a pathologist described Steenkamps grisly injuries and cried and frequently covered his ears while sittiing in the dock in an apparent attempt to block out graphic testimony. Nike Shox Canada Clearance. During his own testimony, he will have to describe in depth his fatal shooting of Steenkamp. "He cant ignore it," Marius du Toit, a criminal defence lawyer and former state prosecutor in South Africa who is observing the trial, said of Pistorius testifying. "He has to get into the box and confirm his version and be open to cross-examination. And this matter is going to stand or fall with that." Defendants in South Africa have the right to remain silent but because he has admitted killing Steenkamp, Pistorius is under pressure to tell the court why he decided to shoot through the door with his 9 mm pistol without knowing — in his version — who was on the other side. Prosecutors charge that Pistorius murdered Steenkamp after a fight and he must dispel their accusations that he intentionally shot her as she hid behind the locked door, legal experts say. Pistorius likely wont be the first witness the defence calls on Monday, but he should take the stand straight after pathologist Prof. Jan Botha gives evidence. Pistorius has not yet spoken publicly about the shooting, only giving his side in a written statement at his bail hearing a year ago and in court documents presented at the start of the trial last month. In those statements, Pistorius claims to have been in a loving relationship with Steenkamp but, in fear for his life, he shot at what he thought was an intruder after hearing a window being opened in his bathroom and then a noise inside the cubicle. Even if he is acquitted of murder, Pistorius faces a negligent killing conviction which can carry a five-year prison sentence. His testimony must show that he acted reasonably when he shot four times from close range. "A reasonable man most probably would not have fired four shots through the door," lawyer and observer du Toit said. 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