Game Report: Cardinals 11, Cubs 4

The Cardinals played their 965th game in the long history of Wrigley Field on Friday but they have not played many like this one.

In fact, only once before had the Cardinals scored nine runs in an inning at Wrigley, as they did in the eighth, to rally to the win over the Cubs.

The only previous time they had scored nine runs in an inning also came in the eighth inning on June 26, 1962 in what turned into a 15-3 victory.

This game was different, as the Cardinals trailed 3-2 going to the eighth, when their first 11 batters reached safely on six hits and five walks. The Cardinals batted for 34 minutes without making an out, a span of 51 pitches from three Cubs relievers.

Paul DeJong and Carson Kelly, recalled from Memphis before the game as one of a series of roster moves, each had bases-loaded doubles that drove in two runs and Tommy Pham added a two-run single to cap the inning, when the Cardinals sent 14 batters to the plate.

The win was the first for the Cardinals in four games in Chicago this season.

Here is how the game broke down:


At the plate: Matt Carpenter doubled to lead off the eighth and later added an RBI single. He had been 0-of-3 against starter Jake Arrieta and is now 2-of-35 against his former TCU teammate in his career … Three consecutive walks followed Carpenter’s double before DeJong doubled on an 0-2 pitch to snap his 0-of-15 streak … Randal Grichuk, activated from the DL after playing one game in Springfield, delivered an RBI single following another walk before Kelly’s double … Another walk preceded the singles from Carpenter and Pham that completed the scoring … Prior to the eighth the Cardinals had just one hit from the third to the seventh innings … Dexter Fowler had three hits and an RBI and Grichuk homered in his first at-bat, his 10th of the season … Fowler’s RBI double in the third was the Cardinals’ first RBI out of the third spot in the batting order in their last 10 games.

On the mound: Carlos Martinez was not involved in the decision, his sixth consecutive start without a win. He gave up a two-run homer to Willson Contreras in the first, the fourth consecutive start in which he has allowed at least one run in the first inning … Martinez also gave up an RBI single to Anthony Rizzo in the fifth which gave the Cubs the 3-2 lead …. Zach Duke, activated from the DL before the game, made his season debut by retiring both batters he faced in the seventh … Matt Bowman got the final out of the inning on two pitches and earned the win because of the Cardinals’ big eighth inning … It was the first win for a Cardinals’ reliever since June 25 … The Cubs scored their final run off Seung Hwan Oh in the ninth.

Key stat:
The win was only the fourth this season by the Cardinals when they were trailing after seven innings. The Cubs had been 43-2 when they took a lead into the eighth.

Worth noting: With Kelly, Grichuk and Duke rejoining the team, the Cardinals optioned Magneuris Sierra to Springfield, Sam Tuivailala to Memphis and designated catcher Eric Fryer for assignment … In a minor-league move completed on Friday, the Cardinals traded former first-round pick Marco Gonzales to the Mariners for outfielder Tyler O’Neill, a 22-year-old power-hitter who had 19 homers so far this season in Triple A. Gonzales will report to the Mariners’ Triple A club in Tacoma while O’Neill will join the Memphis Redbirds … Before Carpenter’s double started the eighth inning rally he hit a foul ball into the Cardinals’ dugout which struck Jose Martinez, who had to be helped into the clubhouse … Yadier Molina was a late scratch because of right ankle discomfort.

Looking ahead:
Adam Wainwright will get the start in the second game of the series, which begins at 3:05 p.m on Saturday, while Jon Lester will start for the Cubs.