David Bote hit a three-run homer during a four-run attack in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Monday night to split a doubleheader.
With two outs and runners on the corners, Bote put Chicago in final form with a panoramic slam to center field off Tyler Webb (0-1) for the second pinch homer of his career.
Chicago was looking for its first hit of the game when Willson Contreras brought Javier Baez to the plate with a double that same inning, opening the door for Bote’s third home run of the season.
St. Louis wasted a great performance by Brad Miller, who hit two home runs and produced three touchdowns. In addition, he hit a two-run double to break the tie in the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 3-1 win in the first game of the doubleheader.
Max Schrock hit the first homer of his career in the second doubleheader game for St. Louis.
The Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak to stay atop the NL Central. Duane Underwood Jr. (1-0) worked 1 1/3 inning to score the win and Jeremy Jeffress got three outs for his second save.
For the Cubs, Willson Contreras 3-1 with one RBI and one scored. The Puerto Rican Javier Báez 3-0 with one scored.
The first game of the unusual five-game series was tied at one run when St. Louis loaded the bases with no out in the seventh inning off Kyle Hendricks. After Dylan Carlson hit a ground ball that culminated in an out at the plate, Rowan Wick came in relief from Hendricks (3-2).
Miller received him with a hit between left and center field. Middle patrolman Albert Almora Jr. dived for the ball, which spiked out of reach on the warning strip. Tyler O’Neill and Matt Carpenter scored on the play and Carlson was thrown out at the plate.
The Mexican Giovanny Gallegos retired a blank inning to stay with the victory in the first game of the doubleheader. Andrew Miller got the last three outs for his second save.
St. Louis left their record at 3-2 since reappearing on Saturday after a coronavirus outbreak put a brake on their season, keeping them inactive for several weeks and with 18 cases of COVID-19 in the organization. The Cardinals were supposed to host the Cubs from Aug. 7-9, but that series was postponed, resulting in the five-game series that includes two doubleheader and two “home” games for St. Louis at Wrigley Field.
Ian Happ blew the wall for Chicago, who struck his fourth backhand. Hendricks was charged with three runs and three hits.
For the Cubs, Puerto Rican Javier Báez 3-1 and Venezuelan Willson Contreras 2-0.