ST. LOUIS - Known for his defence, Yadier Molina is putting together an impressive offensive season. Molina had two more hits Monday night against the Chicago Cubs, including a two-run double, to help the Cardinals to a 5-2 win in the opener of a four-game series. Those two hits raised his average to a National League best .355. Although Molina has topped the .300 mark the past two seasons, hitting .305 in 2011 and a career-best .315 last season, he seems to be at a different level in 2013, though he appears afraid to he might jinx himself. "Next question," Molina said when asked about leading the league in hitting. "Im glad we got the win for Shelby (Miller). At the same time, he pitched pretty good." After waiting out a rain delay of 1 hour, 59 minutes to start the game, Miller (8-4) pitched five scoreless innings to get the win for the Cardinals. He left after five innings with cramps in his right leg. "He did a great job," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. "Had a little warning there that his calf had tightened up (and) we didnt know exactly what we were dealing with. We found out its just a cramp. He should be fine." Miller allowed just two hits and struck out five in the shortest start of his career. His previous shortest stint was 5 1-3 innings at Los Angeles on May 26. "I guess I was a little dehydrated this week," Miller said. "But if feels OK. Well see how it feels tomorrow." Kevin Siegrist and Seth Manness followed Miller and combined for two shutout innings before Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run in the eighth on a broken bat single by Nate Schierholtz. Edward Mujica gave up a homer to Darwin Barney with two outs in the ninth, but still earned his 20th save in 20 opportunities. Shane Robinson and Allen Craig added sacrifice flies for the Cardinals, who moved back to a major league best 20 games over .500 (45-25). Chicago fell to 8-22 against the National League Central, the lowest winning percentage by any team in its own division (.266). The Cubs are 5-23 when they score three runs or less, including Travis Woods last three starts. Wood (5-6) was again a hard-luck loser, as he gave up four runs on seven hits. He has dropped three straight games despite having a 2.70 ERA in those contests. Its tough for the team," Wood said. "Were scratching and clawing trying to get everything we can right now and trying to put together quality ball games. "Were falling a little short right now, but its a good group of guys. Were going to eventually get it together and string together some wins." Molina was happy the Cardinals were able to break through against Wood. "He beat us in Chicago," Molina said. "Tonight, we executed pretty good. The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday started the inning with singles, and Beltran then went to third on Craigs long fly out to right. Molina then drove both Beltran and Holiday home with a double to the gap in right centre. St. Louis began the seventh the same way, with Molina and David Freese getting singles. Molina would score on a throwing error by first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Freese came home on Robinsons sacrifice fly. Craigs sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Cardinals a 5-1 lead. NOTES: The Cardinals Adam Wainwright (10-3) will try to become the Major Leagues first 11-game winner when he opposes Jeff Samardzija (3-7) in the second game of the series Tuesday. ... Chicago manager Dale Sveum was ejected with one in the seventh inning after arguing with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn over whether Molina had eluded Woods tag. "Its a big play in the game at that time," Sveum said. "He blocks the plate and gets there. Its just an out call." St. Louis is 17-7 in the first game of a series. ... Schierholtz has a nine-game hitting streak, equaling his career best. [url=http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Anthony-hitchens-chiefs-jersey/]Anthony Hitchens Super Bowl Jersey[/url] . Houston won 3-0 to advance to face New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last in the game, Di Vaio and Romero got into a shoving match with several Houston players. Romero appeared to elbow and kick Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie. [url=http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Tony-gonzalez-chiefs-jersey/]Tony Gonzalez Super Bowl Jersey[/url] . The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer. [url=http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Kendall-fuller-chiefs-jersey/]http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Kendall-fuller-chiefs-jersey/[/url] .com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt their longest losing streak of the season when they host the struggling New York Islanders in tonights clash at the Bell Centre. [url=http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Breeland-speaks-chiefs-jersey/]Breeland Speaks Super Bowl Jersey[/url] . The winner Saturday will remain in the elite 10-team field next year. "We talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good things will come," Draisaitl said, who had two goals for the victors. [url=http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/]Chiefs Super Bowl Jerseys[/url] . Canada is now down to its 22-player limit, although but players wont be registered until Christmas Day. Changes could still be made as a result of a suspension or injury.As Lancashire prepare to take on Yorkshire in the T20 Blast, we look at a classic David Lloyd pitch report from Old Trafford. Bumble looks at a feather bed of a wicket with very little bounce that is more reminiscent of a sub-continent pitch and believes batsmen can book in for bed and breakfast.As for the match itself, after Yorkshire came out on top in the first Roses match of the season in the County Championship this week, Lancashire will be out for swift revenge. Aside from the fierce rivalry between the sides, the game is hugely significant for both sides as they look to pick up their first wins of the season in the Blast, each of them having lost their two opening fixtures.ddddddddddddatch the Roses clash between Lancashire and Yorkshire in the Natwest T20 Blast at Old Trafford from 6pm Friday, live on Sky Sports 2 HD. Also See: Bumbles Blog WATCH: Top Blast moments Outlaws sign Russell, Tahir Live cricket on Sky ' ' '