Coverage of today's Cards and Cubs game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 11:30pm.
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Rizzo finished with two hits,
including a solo homer, and drove in three to fuel Chicago's 6-5 victory over
St. Louis in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
"He's made a very conscious effort of trying to control the strike zone,"
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Rizzo, who upped his home batting
average to .407 this season. "He's just trying to not do too much. If he
puts the barrel on the ball with a decent swing, he can hit the ball out of
Welington Castillo hit three doubles and knocked in two for the Cubs, while
Ryan Sweeney contributed two hits and an RBI.
Travis Wood (2-3) allowed six hits and three runs -- two earned -- with six
strikeouts over seven solid innings. Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth to
earn his second save.
Jhonny Peralta slugged a two-run shot and accounted for three RBI for the
Cardinals, with Matt Carpenter scoring twice and knocking in a run in defeat.
Adam Wainwright (5-2) was torched for six runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts
and a pair of walks over five full frames. The right-hander also suffered his
first defeat on the north side after 17 games (12 starts).
"I left a lot of balls in the middle of the plate," said Wainwright, whose 25-
inning scoreless string didn't last beyond Chicago's first turn at the plate.
"I did that last time I pitched against them, too, so I don't think there's a
coincidence -- or I don't think there's a meaning behind it, it's just a weird
Justin Grimm subbed for Wood in the eighth, and got into trouble immediately
after walking Carpenter and serving up a two-run shot to Peralta which reduced
the Cardinals' deficit to 6-5.
Matt Holliday singled off Emilio Bonifacio's glove at second, and after Allen
Craig flied out, Brian Schlitter got the nod. He retired the next two batters
to preserve the one-run margin.
Rondon backed that up by retiring St. Louis in order in the ninth on a
groundout, foul out and flyout.
In the home first, Bonifacio singled, Luis Valbuena doubled and Rizzo's long
single plated both.
St. Louis countered in the third. Randal Grichuk struck a leadoff double but
was caught in a rundown on Mark Ellis' grounder. Ellis was sacrificed to
second then scored on Carpenter's base hit. Peralta followed with a double off
the ivy in right center to score another and tie the game.
Chicago fired back with three in the home third. With one down, Rizzo and Nate
Schierholtz walked around a Starlin Castro base hit which filled the sacks,
then Sweeney's grounder scored Rizzo ahead of Castillo's two-run double for a
"With all due respect to that team, they're a great ballclub, but we're a
pretty good team, too," Rizzo said. "It's just about scoring runs when we have
the opportunity to."
Yadier Molina doubled with one out in the fourth and later scored on Castro's
throwing error on a Grichuk grounder to pull the Cards within two, but Rizzo
reached the bleachers near the right-field foul pole to start the bottom of
the fifth and restore the Cubs' three-run edge.
St. Louis won two of three at home against Chicago in the first matchup
between the clubs from April 11-13 ... The Cubs beat the Cardinals for just
the second time in the last nine meetings since last Aug. 17.