Paul Goldschmidt hits 34th homer as Cardinals beat Cubs 8-4


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit his 34th home run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Saturday night for their third straight win.

Tommy Edman and Tyler O’Neill also went deep for NL Central leaders St. Louis, which improved to 27-8 in its last 35 games. Yadier Molina had two hits and three RBIs, and Adam Wainwright (10-9) threw five four-run innings for the win.

Goldschmidt’s two-run homer against Drew Smyly (5-8) in Game 1 took the All-Star slugger to an NL-best 107 RBIs. He also leads the NL with a .331 batting average and trails Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber for the NL lead in home runs by two.

With the victory, the Cardinals have won their last seven series and are 10-1-1 in their last 12 series.

In his first start since turning 41 on Aug. 30, Wainwright allowed nine hits, struck out two and walked two.

St. Louis had four double plays in the win.

Franmil Reyes and Rafael Ortega each had two hits and two RBIs for Chicago, which was down six of seven. Smyly was scored for seven runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Reyes singled into Seiya Suzuki and Ortega added a two-run single as the Cubs took a 3-0 lead in the first. But O’Neill edged Goldschmidt’s drive to the right in the bottom half.

Goldschmidt has seven home runs and 16 RBIs against the Cubs this season. He is one shy of the team record of eight home runs against Chicago held by Matt Carpenter (2018), Jim Edmonds (2004), Albert Pujols (2004), Stan Musial (1950) and Rogers Hornsby (1925).

St. Louis went ahead to stay with six points in third.

Edman started with a right center drive, and O’Neill followed with a left shot. It was each batter’s 13th homer. Molina added a three-point brace just past Jeremiah Estrada.

AN INCOMPARABLE PAIR

Wainwright, who is the fourth-oldest active MLB player, and Molina made their 323rd career start as teammates. It’s the second-highest all-time number in MLB history (since 1901), behind the Detroit Tigers duo of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan (324) from 1963 to 1975.

SATURDAY IN THE PARK

St. Louis improved to 17-6 on Saturday this season, including 9-3 at home. Saturday is his most successful day of the week.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: C Willson Contreras (left ankle pain) remains out of the lineup. … INF Patrick Wisdom (sprained left ring finger) hit for the first time in the batting cage. … RHP Keegan Thompson (lower back tightness) kicked a bullpen session for the first time since being injured in an Aug. 19 start.

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz (MCL left knee tear) will begin a rehab assignment. Prior to the match, Matz did some fieldwork and came out with no side effects.

NEXT

Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-6, 3.98 ERA) will make his seventh career start (fourth this season) against St. Louis. He’s 1-3 with a 6.06 ERA against the Cardinals, including an 0-2 record with a 9.77 ERA in three starts in 2022.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (10-10, 3.48 ERA) has limited the Cubs to one point or less in five of seven career starts against Chicago at Busch Stadium. St. Louis is 3-1 in its starts against the Cubs this season.


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