Darwin Barney blasted a two-out, two-strike, game-tying homer in the ninth inning on Friday, spoiling what would have been a Chris Carpenter victory in his 2012 season debut, and helping the Cubs to a 5-4 extra-inning victory.
Barney finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. He got the Cubs on the board in the third inning where he lined an RBI single to center. His clutch two-run shot in the ninth came courtesy of Fernando Salas, who was in the closer's role due to Jason Motte having pitched in five consecutive games. Barney is now hitting .268/.314/.376 with seven homers and 43 RBI on the season.