Cardinals fall to Cubs 7-4
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Chris Denorfia and Anthony Rizzo led the Cubs' offense; they were responsible for five of the teams seven runs.
Denorfia hit a 2-run single in the third inning, driving in Rizzo and Jorge Soler to put the Cubs on the board giving them a 2-0 lead. Chicago was able to add another run in the sixth with a bases loaded walk from Soler.
Jake Arrieta took the mound for the Cubs and gave up two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four on his way to his ninth win of the season and his third win in his past four starts. Arrieta also helped his team at the plate with a couple of hits and scored a run.
The Cardinals got on the board in the top of the seventh thanks to a Peter Bourjos RBI double. Xavier Scruggs drove in Bourjos on an RBI single, cutting the Cubs lead to 3-2 and ending Arrieta's day.
The Cubs were able to extend their lead with a four-run eighth inning. Dexter Fowler got the scoring started with an RBI double off the wall in center field. Rizzo then came to the plate and hit a two-run home run, clearing the same part of the wall that Fowler hit in the previous at bat. Denorfia then hit his second RBI single of the night later in the inning, giving Chicago a 7-2 lead.
The Cardinals attempted a comeback in the top of the ninth as Jason Heyward started the inning with a leadoff single. Mark Reynolds followed up with a two-run home run to left field.
Tyler Lyons went 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and walked five, receiving his first loss of the season.