Alone at the top

Gold­schmidt homers again, Cards beat Cubs 2-1

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By War­ren Mayes As­so­ci­ated Press

ST. LOUIS — Paul Gold­schmidt is so hot at the plate, not even Yu Darvish can slow him down.

Gold­schmidt home­red for the seventh time in eight games, a go-ahead drive off Darvish in the sixth in­ning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Tues­day night and back into sole pos­ses­sion of the NL Cen­tral lead.

Gold­schmidt was 1 for 14 against Darvish be­fore hit­ting a sin­gle and the win­ning home run.

A six-time All-star, Gold­schmidt drove a fastball from Darvish (3-5) to cen­ter for his 25th home run this sea­son.

“I haven’t had too much suc­cess against Darvish,” Gold­schmidt said. “I was just try­ing to get on base. For­tu­nately, I got enough of it to get it out of here.”

Gold­schmidt is hit­ting .364 (12 for 33) in his last eight games with 14 RBIS. He has 11 home runs in July, which ties his ca­reer high for a month.

“This is some­thing I’ve never done, hit home runs like this,” Gold­schmidt said. “This game is crazy. Just en­joy the good times and for

get about the bad.”

Chicago man­ager Joe Mad­don knew how hot Gold­schmidt has been lately.

“We didn’t want him to beat us and he did,” Mad­don said.

St. Louis (57-49) dropped out of first place on May 7 but has held at least a share of the lead since Thurs­day and moved one game ahead of the Cubs (56-50).

Gio­vanny Gal­le­gos (3-1) re­tired Kyle Sch­war­ber on a bases-loaded fly out that ended the sixth af­ter he re­lieved Adam Wain­wright, who al­lowed one run and five hits in 5.2 in­nings.

“We’ve got a guy that is ef­fec­tive the same against lefties as he is against right­ies,” St. Louis man­ager Mike Shildt said about Gal­le­gos. “We trust Gio. He throws strikes and has got two out pitches.”

Af­ter a pair of two-out walks in the eighth by An­drew Miller, Car­los Martinez struck out Ian

Happ. Martinez then struck out his first two bat­ters in a per­fect ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances. Martinez was per­fect in eight op­por­tu­ni­ties in July, and this was his third save of four or more outs.

“They are good but we are bet­ter,” Martinez said. “We think we are bet­ter.”

Darvish gave up two runs and six hits in six in­nings with nine strike­outs, no walks, a hit bat­ter and two wild pitches. Darvish has 10 wild pitches this sea­son.

“The pitch to Gold­schmidt, I should maybe go more in but he’s very good. It was a good pitch,” Darvish said. “He’s a mon­ster. That’s why he could hit that pitch.”

Chicago has lost 21 of its last 29 road games and is 0-8-1 in nine road se­ries since May 27.

Javier Baez hit an RBI sin­gle in the fourth that scored Ja­son Hey­ward, who sin­gled and ad­vanced to sec­ond on Kris Bryant’s fly to deep cen­ter. Hey­ward had his seventh three-hit game this sea­son.

The Cubs stranded 10 baserun­ners.

“We left a lot of run­ners on,” Mad­don said. “We’ve got to drive them in.

St. Louis tied the score in the bot­tom half when Jose Martinez and Gold­schmidt sin­gled, and Darvish threw a pair of wild pitches.

HOME COOK­ING

For the first time since the Cardinals and Cubs first met in 1892, the home team has won the first 10 games of the sea­son se­ries.

ADDING

Chicago ac­quired RHP David Phelps from Toronto for mi­nor league righty Thomas Hatch. Phelps had a 3.63 ERA in 17 re­lief ap­pear­ances with the Blue Jays. MOVES

St. Louis re­called rookie OF Lane Thomas from Triple-a Mem­phis. He took the ros­ter spot of OF Har­ri­son Bader, who was op­tioned to Mem­phis on Mon­day . ... St. Louis ac­quired left-handed re­liever Adal­berto Me­jia off waivers from the Los An­ge­les An­gels and trans­ferred INF Jedd Gy­orko (right wrist/back strain) to the 60-day IL.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Pe­dro Strop (neck tight­ness) went on the 10-day IL retroac­tive to Satur­day. RHP Don Underwood was re­called from Triple-a Iowa and joined Chicago ros­ter for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer.

Cardinals: OF Mar­cell Ozuna (bro­ken right fin­ger) was 1 for 3 with an RBI as he be­gan a re­hab as­sign­ment for Mem­phis . ... C Yadier Molina (right thumb ten­don strain) will be­gin swing­ing a bat Fri­day . ... OF Dex­ter Fowler was 0 for 4 in his re­turn to the start­ing lineup. Fowler last started Fri­day, when he fouled a ball off his left foot. He hit pinch hit Sun­day and hit a ninth-in­ning homer. UP NEXT

Chicago RHP Kyle Hen­dricks (7-8) starts today against St. Louis RHP Miles Miko­las (7-10).

JEFF ROBERSON/AP

St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul Gold­schmidt hits a solo home run dur­ing the sixth in­ning of the team’s base­ball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tues­day, July 30, 2019, in St. Louis.

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