(Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs, boosted by five unearned runs in the second inning, beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Saturday to level their National League Division Series.
The Cubs' win made it 1-1 in the best-of five series that shifts to Chicago for the third game on Monday.
The Cubs took advantage of sloppy play by the top-seeded Cardinals and some daring strategy, posting five runs helped by two St. Louis errors, a stolen base, two squeeze bunts and a booming home run by Jorge Soler.
Soler also slashed a double and drew two walks.
Left-hander Travis Wood got the win in relief off starter Kyle Hendricks, while Hector Rondon registered the save.
Cardinals' starter Jaime Garcia lasted two innings without allowing an earned run, although he contributed to the wacky second inning with a throwing error after fielding a bunt.
The Cardinals scored their runs on solo homers by Matt Carpenter in the first and back-to-back blasts by Kolten Wong and pinch-hitter Randal Grichuk in the fifth.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)