Game Report: Cubs 7, Cardinals 6

One day after he helped the Cubs win a game against his former team when he was hit by a pitch, Jon Jay did it again on Sunday night in a more conventional way – with his bat.

Jay’s pinch-hit single off Matt Bowman with two outs in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and allowed the Cubs to complete their first series sweep of the Cardinals at Wrigley Field since 2006.

On Saturday, Jay getting hit by a pitch with two outs, also in the seventh inning, brought Kyle Schwarber to the plate and he delivered the game-winning grand slam.

The Cardinals had a lead in all three games of the series but could not hold it. They have had a lead in eight of the last 13 games they have lost.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
A three-run homer by Stephen Piscotty, his first home run since April 15, helped the Cardinals build a 4-1 lead in the fourth … Paul DeJong drove in two runs with a single in the fourth and a ground out in the sixth, when the Cardinals scored twice to tie the game at 6, the second RBI coming on Aledmys Diaz’s second double of the night … That proved to be the last hit for the Cardinals as the Cubs retired the final 11 batters in order … Matt Carpenter drew one walk in four plate appearances, as his average fell to .213 … As a team the Cardinals posted a .180 average in the three-game series (16 hits in 89 at-bats).

On the mound: Staked to the 4-1 lead, Michael Wacha gave up five runs in the bottom of the fourth. The big blow of the inning was a three-run homer by Ian Happ, who also hit a solo homer in the third. Wacha allowed six hits and walked four in 4 1/3 innings … Wacha lost his third consecutive start in which he has pitched a total of 11 1/3 innings … Tyler Lyons got the final two outs of the fifth, and Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless sixth but Bowman allowed a pair of singles before giving up Jay’s game-winning hit.

Key stat:
Piscotty’s homer was only the second by the Cardinals with more than one runner on base since Carpenter’s walkoff grand slam on April 27. Thirty-five of the team’s 55 homers this season have come with nobody on base.

Worth noting:
Randal Grichuk played his first game for Palm Beach on Sunday and had an RBI triple, walked and struck out in five plate appearances … Kolten Wong is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Peoria on Tuesday. He likely will be activated from the disabled list when the Cardinals return home on Friday, with the Cardinals
having to make another roster move to clear a space on the roster … The Cardinals have lost seven of their last 10 games at Wrigley dating back to last season … Since the start of last season, Carpenter has six hits in 50 at-bats at Wrigley.

Looking ahead:
The Cardinals open a four-game series on Monday night in Cincinnati with Carlos Martinez on the mound.