CHICAGO — Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking two-run double in St. Louis’ nine-run eighth inning, and the Cardinals cooled off the Chicago Cubs with an 11-4 victory on Friday.
Chicago carried a 3-2 lead into the eighth, looking for its seventh consecutive win. But St. Louis sent 14 batters to the plate in its highest-scoring inning of the season, taking advantage of a combined six walks by three relievers while improving to 4-4 since the All-Star break.
Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2) was pulled after the first three batters reached. Hector Rondon then walked Jedd Gyorko, tying it at 3, and DeJong followed with a drive into the ivy in right-center for a ground-rule double.
The Cardinals were off and running from there. Carson Kelly hit a two-run double in his first game since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Tommy Pham’s two-run single made it 11-3 before Dexter Fowler bounced into a double play, ending a string of 11 consecutive batters reaching safely to begin the inning.
When DeJong struck out swinging with runners on second and third for the final out, the crowd of 42,186 cheered sarcastically.
Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer for Chicago, and Ben Zobrist had three hits. Jake Arrieta pitched six effective innings, allowing two runs and five hits.
The Cubs played without third baseman Kris Bryant, who sprained his left little finger on a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago’s 8-2 victory at Atlanta on
Wednesday. X-rays were negative, but Bryant is experiencing soreness and there is some concern about gripping a bat.
Fowler had three hits for St. Louis, which was coming off a tough 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday. Randal Grichuk homered in his return from a lower back injury, and Matt Bowman (2-3) got the final out of the seventh for the win.
Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez allowed a season-high 10 hits in six innings, but was charged with just two earned runs on Contreras’ 14th homer in the first inning. Arrieta’s leadoff grounder in the fifth went right through shortstop DeJong’s legs for an error, helping set up Anthony Rizzo’s tiebreaking RBI single.