(BaseballStL) — Mike Matheny said Wednesday that games at Wrigley are never over, and Friday’s contest in Chicago proved him prescient.
Adam Wainwright was in trouble early and never seemed to escape it, giving up six runs through five innings.
The Cubs plated two in the first on three straight hits, and the Cardinals answered in the third. A fielder’s choice put Mark Ellis on, a sacrifice bunt moved him to second and a Matt Carpenter single brought him home.
Jhonny Peralta scored Carpenter on a first-pitch double and the Cardinals had come back to tie.
Chicago responded in their half, scoring three more after two walks and a single loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice scored one and a Wellington Castillo double took care of the other two.
The fourth inning saw more action, as Yadier Molina doubled with one out. He would later score on a throwing error, cutting the lead to two.
Anthony Rizzo made up for lost ground in the bottom of the fifth, ripping a solo shot down the right field line to give Chicago a 6-3 advantage.
Things calmed down for two innings before the Cardinals mounted a rally in the eighth. After Carpenter walked on four pitches to start the inning, Jhonny Peralta notched his seventh home run of the season. His shot to center brought the Cardinals within one, but they could not close the remaining distance, stranding Peralta on the bases to head into the bottom of the inning.
St. Louis would fall short, going 1-2-3 in the ninth inning. Despite five runs on eight hits, the Cardinals dropped the opener to the Cubs.