The Cardinals were able to get the offense back in order Wednesday against the Cubs as Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran ended long hitless streaks to get back onto the stat sheet and put St. Louis back in the win column.
The Birds beat the Wee Bears 5-1 to salvage a .500 road trip. Relative to their hot start, 3-3 isn't all that exciting. But I'll take it as the Cardinals continue to play without Lance Berkman, Allen Craig, Jon Jay and Chris Carpenter.
Carpenter hit a two out single to right field in the third inning to push in the first St. Louis run. It was his first hit in 11 trips to the plate. After the Cubs tied the game in the fourth on a solo Bryan LaHair homer, Beltran hit an opposite field double off the left field wall in the top of the sixth to break an 0-for-18 streak and put the Birds back on top by a 2-1 score.
David Freese then put an exclamation point on the sixth inning outburst with a two-run homer into the left field bleachers to make the score 4-1 St. Louis.
Beltran got his second hit of the day in the eighth -- then stole his second base of the contest -- and scored when Freese hit an RBI double into the gap to extend the St. Louis lead to 5-1.
Shane Robinson also pitched in with the offense, collecting three hits on the day to raise his batting average to .433.
Lance Lynn, who has been impressive in his stint as Chris Carpenter's stand-in, didn't disappoint with another strong start. He threw seven innings and allowed only one run on six hits and a walk while he struck out seven. He improved to 4-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.33 for the season.
St. Louis is 12-7 for the season while the Cubs fell to 6-13 in last place. The Cardinals come home to start a weekend home series against the Brewers.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Freese
Cardinals Play of the Game: Freese's two-run homer, his fourth of the season.
Lowlight: A night after hitting a home run, Matt Holliday was 0-for-4 on the day and has one hit in his last nine at bats. Also sagging is Yadier Molina who is down to .270 after an 0-for-4 day.