Car­di­nals plate nine in eighth to storm past Cubs

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

CHICAGO — For 11 straight bat­ters in the eighth in­ning, the St. Louis Car­di­nals were un­stop­pable.

It was an em­phatic re­sponse to a heart­break­ing loss.

Paul DeJong hit a tiebreak­ing two-run dou­ble in St. Louis’ high­est-scor­ing in­ning of the sea­son, and the Car­di­nals cooled off the Chicago Cubs with an 11-4 vic­tory on Fri­day.

“I’ve never been a part of some­thing like that, scor­ing nine runs with no outs,” DeJong said. “But I think that re­ally made a state­ment for us.”

Chicago car­ried a 3-2 lead into the eighth, look­ing for its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive win. But St. Louis’ first 11 bat­ters reached in its big­gest in­ning since it scored nine in the eighth against the Cubs on Aug. 30, 2014, at Busch Sta­dium. The Car­di­nals made the most of a com­bined six walks by three re­liev­ers while im­prov­ing to 4-4 since the All-Star break.

“We just pitched badly for one in­ning, and some re­ally good pitch­ers had a tough time,” Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don said.

St. Louis blew a late one-run lead in a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Thurs­day. The game ended when re­liever Trevor Rosen­thal was late cov­er­ing first on Jose Reyes’ win­ning sin­gle with two outs in the ninth.

Car­di­nals man­ager Mike Ma­theny was in­ter­ested in his team’s re­sponse, and his play­ers pro­vided an an­swer.

“I saw a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing,”

Ma­theny said. “I saw some an­gry. I saw some, you know, kind of like you got the wind kicked out of you a lit­tle bit, and I think ev­ery­body needed a lit­tle bit of some­thing and that eighth in­ning pro­vided a whole lot of wind in ev­ery­body’s sail.”

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.

When DeJong, the 14th bat­ter of the in­ning, 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.

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