(BaseballStL) — The Cubs took an early lead in game one of a four game set, and kept their foot on the gas all game.
A leadoff double from Emilio Bonafacio started the game, and a passed ball to third hitter Anthony Rizzo set the tone for a very rough outing for Tyler Lyons.
The errant pitch would score Bonafacio, and begin a four-run first for the Cubs. Rizzo singled and was scored on a Starlin Castro triple, the Mike Olt hit his eight homer to give Chicago a big cushion.
It would get even bigger in the second, when Bonafacio would single along with pitcher Travis Wood, and both would score on a Junior Lake shot into the left field stands.
In just two innings, Lyons surrendered seven runs.
A flash of life followed in the second, as Molina picked up the first Cardinal hit with a single. After a Matt Adams fly out, Peter Bourjos drew a walk. Mark Ellis ripped a single into left, and Junior Lake had trouble with it, letting it roll past him to the wall to score both runners and put Ellis on third.
Lyons would be unable to bring him in, striking out to strand the runner.
In the fourth, Chicago took the offensive again. This time a single and a walk led to a RBI double for Lake and put Bonafacio on third. When Rizzo grounded to short one batter later, Bonafacio was originally called out on the fielder's choice at the plate.
However a review of the play showed Molina's tag came too late, and the call was overturned to give the Cubs a 9-2 lead.
The Cardinals showed up again in the fifth after two of the first three batters were hit by a pitch, putting together three runs on a Matt Holliday double, an Allen Craig fielder’s choice and Molina’s second single.
Chicago could simply not be stopped, scoring two more in the sixth- this time off Eric Fornataro- as Bonafacio and Castro combined again to push the Cubs’ lead to six runs after a Rizzo sac fly scored Wood before them.
In the ninth, the Cubs put the game away for good, scoring five more off reliever Randy Choate, finishing with 20 hits and 17 runs on the night. The totals are both the most allowed by the Cardinals on the year.