Hendricks (8-8) held St. Louis to seven hits
while walking none and striking out seven. He threw 75 of 104
pitches for strikes and improved to 3-0 with a sterling 0.39 ERA
(one earned run in 23 innings) against the Cardinals this
The Cubs posted their first victory in five games in St. Louis
this year. Entering the night, the home team had won all 10
games during the season series between the longtime division
Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas (7-11) drew the hard-luck
loss despite limiting Chicago to one unearned run on six hits in
5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three, and he threw
61 of 93 pitches for strikes.
Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his
eighth save. He allowed runners on second and third with one out
before getting out of trouble.
The game remained scoreless until the sixth, when the Cubs
finally tallied the first run.
Kris Bryant reached base to open the inning thanks to a fielding
error by Cardinals third baseman Tommy Edman. Anthony Rizzo then
drew a walk on four pitches to put runners at first and second
with nobody out.
Javier Baez lined out to right field moments later, but Happ put
the Cubs on top with a one-out single to right center. Cardinals
second baseman Kolten Wong tried to make a diving stop but could
not reach the ball, which skipped into the outfield and allowed
Bryant to score easily from second base.
St. Louis avoided worse damage as Giovanny Gallegos relieved
Mikolas and retired Kyle Schwarber to end the inning.
In the eighth, the Cubs capitalized on another error to go ahead
2-0. Baez looped a ground-rule double with two outs. He appeared
to get caught in a rundown soon after, but Cardinals catcher
Matt Wieters fired an errant throw toward second base that ended
up in center field, which allowed Baez to come around to score.
--Field Level Media
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