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St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Junior Lake  tallied  six RBI,  Emilio 
Bonifacio  scored five runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 
17-5, in the opener of a four-game set. 

Lake  finished  3-for-6 with  a three-run  homer and a  pair of doubles, while 
Bonifacio  posted four  hits for Chicago, which  pounded out 20 hits to snap a 
three-game losing skid. 

"I  think we  worked some at-bats and  got some pitches that we could handle," 
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "It was a good game for us." 

Mike  Olt hit a two-run shot and scored twice, while Travis Wood (3-4) allowed 
five  runs --  four earned -- on five  hits and three walks over six frames in 
the triumph. 

Tyler  Lyons (0-3) gave up nine runs on nine hits and a walk over four innings 
for St. Louis, which has dropped three of its last four games. 

"Looked  like  just getting the ball  over the middle of the plate," Cardinals 
manager Mike Matheny said of Lyons' start. 

The Cubs  raced out to  a 7-0 lead  after plating four  runs in the first and 
three more in the second. 

Bonifacio  led  off the  game  with  a double,  advanced  to  third on  Lake's 
groundout and scored on a passed ball. Anthony Rizzo reached with a single and 
came  home on Starlin Castro's triple down the right-field line. Olt then sent 
an opposite-field drive into the seats in right for a 4-0 Cubs advantage. 

In  the  second, Wood  and Bonifacio  tallied base hits  before Lake crushed a 
three-run shot to left for a 7-0 spread. 

The Cardinals got a pair of runs back in the home half on Mark Ellis' two-out, 
two-run single, but Chicago answered back with two more in the fourth. 

Darwin  Barney  began the inning with  a single and Bonifacio worked a one-out 
walk  before Lake  doubled into right-center to plate Barney. Bonifacio scored 
when Rizzo reached on a fielder's choice to make it 9-2. 

St.  Louis pushed across  a trio of runs in the fifth before Chicago countered 
with two in the top of the sixth. 

Greg  Garcia and  Jhonny  Peralta were  each  hit  by a  pitch  around a  Matt 
Carpenter  fly  out and  Garcia scored  on Matt  Holliday's double into right. 
Allen  Craig's RBI groundout brought home Peralta and Yadier Molina's base hit 
plated Holliday. 

Rizzo's sacrifice fly and Castro's RBI double in the sixth made it 11-5. 

Chicago  added  six  runs in  the  ninth.  Lake  had  a two-run  double,  Nate 
Schierholtz  tallied a sacrifice fly, Rizzo posted an RBI groundout and Barney 
and Castro each added an RBI single. 

                                   Game Notes 

Castro  went 3-for-6  with three RBI ...  Barney had three hits to go with two 
runs  scored and  an RBI  ...  Chicago was  7-for-16 with  runners in  scoring 
position, while St. Louis finished 3-for-7 with RISP. 

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