ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster's 33-inning scoreless streak ended when he allowed three runs in the first inning against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals hit four straight singles in a span of six pitches with one out against the right-hander, who entered Friday night's game leading the major leagues with a 1.86 ERA. Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina each had an RBI single and Lance Berkman drove in a run with a groundout.
Dempster's streak was the majors' longest since the Phillies' Cliff Lee had a 34-inning run last year. It was the Cubs' longest since Ken Holtzman also had a 33-inning streak in 1969.