Cubs 6, Cardinals 5
A franchise-record streak during which St. Louis Cardinals relievers earned six consecutive winning decisions, ended with starter Lance Lynn taking the loss.
Anthony Rizzo clubbed a solo home run and drove two more across the plate with a fifth-inning double to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
Lynn (1-3) lasted six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out six Cubs and walking two.
Jon Lester (2-2) was credited for the win for Chicago. In seven innings, he gave up four runs, one earned, while striking out six and walking one.
How it went: The Cubs held the lead from the end of their seven-batter, two-run first inning to the very end. But the Cardinals threatened throughout.
St. Louis' best chance came in the sixth when shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who homered in the fourth, reached on an error and Jason Heyward followed with a single off the glove of Chicago pitcher Jon Lester. Catcher Yadier Molina followed with a hit, then second baseman Pete Kozma knocked home Heyward with a pinch-hit single. With runners on second and third, Matt Adams struck out pinch hitting for Lynn.
The Cardinals had their chances again in the eighth when Heyward was hit a pitch with one out and Molina followed with a walk. Kolten Wong — the hero in the Cardinals 14-inning win over Pittsburgh Sunday and again in a come-from-behind win over the Cubs on Monday — singled home Heyward. But Jon Jay, pinch hitting in the ninth spot, hit into a double play to end the rally.
In the ninth, Kozma led off with a single and aggressively ended up at third on a hit-and-run groundout by Matt Carpenter. The Cubs walked Matt Holliday to put runners at the corners with one out, but Mark Reynolds struck out and Peralta grounded out to short to end the threat and the game.
In all, the Cardinals stranded nine.
Ejected: Cubs manager Joe Maddon was thrown out of the game for aruging balls and strikes with none out in the sixth and a 1-2 count on Starlin Castro.
Next up: The Cardinals and Cubs close out the four-game series with a 12:45 p.m. game Thursday. John Lackey ( 1-1) will start for the Cardinals. The Cubs will start Jake Arrieta (3-2).