By SARAH TROTTO, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Harrison Bader and the St. Louis Cardinals clearly acknowledge their document is spectacular. Now in addition they need to win their subsequent game — and plenty of extra after that.
The Cardinals set a franchise mark with their 15th straight win, boosted when catcher Yadier Molina and middle fielder Bader helped pull off a wild double play Saturday in an 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.
“It’s onerous to do one thing on this group that’s by no means been executed,” supervisor Mike Shildt mentioned.
The Cardinals date their historical past to 1892, after they have been referred to as the Browns and joined the National League. They later have been referred to as the Perfectos earlier than turning into the Cardinals within the early twentieth century.
Bader, Tyler O’Neill and Paul DeJong homered as these Cardinals broke the group document of 14 wins in a row set in 1935, a 12 months after Dizzy Dean and the Gas House Gang gained the World Series. Dean was amongst 5 Hall of Famers on that membership.
“My perspective is what time is the game tomorrow?” Bader mentioned. “It’s nice, don’t get me mistaken. It’s a part of historical past. There’s super expertise that’s come via. … But we’ve got greater issues we’re centered on. We have extra games to win. We’re going to take this power as deep as we are able to.”
Bader went 4 for 4 and scored 3 times because the Cardinals held their snug lead for the second NL wild-card spot, 5 games forward of Philadelphia.
And in a charmed remaining month, St. Louis preserved a late lead with a loopy play that resulted in a pair of rundowns and two outs.
After Nolan Arenado doubled to spark a three-run rally within the seventh, the Cardinals took a 5-4 lead into the eighth at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs rapidly threatened when David Bote led off with a triple and Trayce Thompson walked. One out later, with runners nonetheless on the corners, Rafael Ortega hit a grounder to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who threw dwelling to Molina.
After a brief rundown, Arenado tagged out Bote. The star third baseman then reduce throughout the diamond to lure Ortega off first. Another rundown ensued, with Molina catching a throw between second and third base earlier than tossing to Bader, who had alertly rushed in be part of the play and led to Thompson being tagged, too.
Cardinals reliever T.J. McFarland mentioned he hoped for a groundball out after throwing a sinker.
“When that every one unfolded, I can’t clarify it,” mentioned McFarland, who pumped his fist and yelled after the play. “I’m glad the main focus was on everybody else on the sphere as a result of I’m fairly positive I used to be spinning round in circles on the sphere.”
The official scoring learn like a phone quantity — 3-2-5-4-2-8-6 — it was the fourth double play of the afternoon for the dialed-in Cards, and stored them forward by a run.
“There was quite a bit happening,” Cubs supervisor David Ross mentioned. “I’ll have a look at it. I don’t need to put any blame on anyone.”
DeJong hit a two-run drive within the ninth. Ian Happ homered within the backside half.
Far again within the playoff race heading into September, St. Louis moved nearer to clinching a spot by extending its extraordinary streak.
Happ drove in three runs for the Cubs, who’ve misplaced 5 straight and 9 of 10. The loss snapped Chicago’s streak of seven consecutive successful seasons at Wrigley.
Down 4-2 within the seventh, the Cardinals rallied after Codi Heuer (7-3) changed starter Adrian Sampson. Arenado led off with a double and Bader hit an RBI single, pointing towards the dugout as he headed to first.
Lars Nootbar’s single tied it and chased Heuer, and DeJong’s sacrifice fly gave the Cardinals the lead.
Bader slid beneath the tag to attain on a wild pitch on a strikeout within the ninth earlier than DeJong homered.
Kwang Hyun Kim (7-7) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Cardinals lefty Jon Lester allowed three earned runs in 5 innings in his first begin towards his former group since he was traded to St. Louis in July. He went 77-44 with a 3.64 ERA with the Cubs from 2015-20, serving to make them the 2016 World Series championship. Fans greeted him with applause, and Chicago supervisor and former catcher Ross ate dinner with him earlier within the week.
“Today clearly wasn’t preferrred,” Lester mentioned. “You bought to determine a approach to make it work. We have been ready to do this for essentially the most half. It looks as if proper now, I maintain speaking about it, for those who maintain this group inside putting distance, you’ve bought an opportunity.”
In his final begin, Lester earned his 2 hundredth profession win Monday at Milwaukee. The Cubs honored his milestone on the videoboard Friday.
Lester started the season with Washington, and he misplaced May 17 in his return to Wrigley Field. He was 2-1 with a 6.50 ERA in three earlier profession begins towards Chicago.
“To get a 10-game win streak within the large leagues is loopy,” Lester mentioned. “I’ve been part of perhaps a handful of them. To go to fifteen is totally mind-blowing to me.”
Bader homered within the second inning for his second drive in as many games.
O’Neill tied the game with a solo shot within the fourth. It was his thirty second homer this season and third in three games. His 11 homers in September lead the majors.
The Cubs retook the lead with a pair of runs within the fourth. An error by Arenado error loaded the bases earlier than Willson Contreras singled in a run.
Lester then walked Happ for a 4-2 Cubs lead. It was the Cardinals’ twenty ninth bases-loaded stroll, setting the modern-day document since 1974 and passing the 1999 Seattle Mariners.
Cardinals: RHP Justin Miller (proper elbow pressure) went on the 10-day injured record. RHP Jake Woodford was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take his spot. Woodford was optioned to Memphis after Friday’s doubleheader. … SS Edmundo Sosa (proper hand/wrist) was out of the lineup after he was hit by a pitch Friday. He is predicted to overlook as much as 5 games, Shildt mentioned.
Cubs: INF Nico Hoerner (basic soreness) was scratched from the lineup. Sergio Alcántara began in his place.
Woodford (3-3, 3.92 ERA) will begin for the Cardinals towards the Cubs and RHP Keegan Thompson (3-3, 3.40) in Sunday’s sequence finale.
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