photo: Harrison Bader via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Sunday, September 6, 2020 – St. Louis 7 at Chicago 3
Paul Goldschmidt’s three-run home run that left Wrigley Field gave the St. Louis Cardinals a lead they never relinquished as the visitors flew past the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, in a nationally-televised Sunday night contest. St. Louis’ (17-15) third straight win allowed them to clinch the five-game, four-day set versus their division rivals with one game yet to play.
Goldschmidt’s fourth blast of the season was part of a four-run third that flipped a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 advantage. It came with Kolten Wong (double) and Tommy Edman (fielder’s choice) aboard and was the first baseman’s only hit in five at bats. The offense was not finished, however. Rangel Ravelo lined a double into right later that frame, scoring Tyler O’Neill after the latter singled up the middle with two gone.
Harrison Bader spearheaded his team’s 12-hit attack, going a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles, a hit-by-pitch and run scored out of the nine hole. Other Cardinals with more than one hit were Paul DeJong and Wong with two apiece. DeJong went 2-for-4 with a walk and RBI while Wong singled and doubled in five at bats, crossed home plate once and knocked in one. Edman gave his team a short-lived lead with a first-inning solo shot. Yadier Molina was the only Cardinal without a hit, but the catcher reached base via a free pass.
Although Dakota Hudson (W, 2-2) allowed base runners in four of his five innings on the mound, he limited the damage to three runs on five hits and two walks. All three tallies permitted were generated by two long balls. The righty fanned four.
A trio of St. Louis relievers held their opponents to just one base runner the rest of the way. Alex Reyes retired all five batters faced, striking out three. All four outs recorded by Genesis Cabrera were K’s, negating a lead-off double in the eighth. Giovanny Gallegos worked a one-two-three ninth, striking out one.
St Louis moves to within 1 ½ games of division-leading Chicago with the victory.
Monday’s game: at Chicago (23-18), 3:10 pm CDT, Johan Oviedo (0-1, 4.30) vs. Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.78), FOX Sports Midwest // ESPN // KMOX
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