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Darvish wins again; Cubs beat Cardinals


Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020


Yu Darvish worked six innings effectively to pocket his fourth straight win, and the battered Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Darvish (4-1) allowed one run and eight hits to improve to 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA after struggling in his first start of the season on July 25 against Milwaukee. Now, he’s matched the best winning streak of his career.

The Japanese right-hander totaled seven strikeouts and one walk.

St. Louis scored twice in the eighth and put runners in the corners as pinch-hitter Andrew Kizner stared at Rowan Wick’s third strike, ending that chapter. Wick later resolved the ninth inning to claim his fourth save.

Chicago played without Kris Bryant, who received an injection in his left wrist, where he is in pain. The slugger, the 2016 National League MVP, will miss at least one other game.

The Cubs, leaders of the NL Central, also placed Steven Souza Jr. on the disabled list for 10 days due to a strained right thigh.

St. Louis has fallen to 3-3 since resuming its campaign, interrupted more than two weeks by a coronavirus outbreak.

The defeated pitcher was Daniel Ponce de León (0-2)

For the Cardinals, they didn’t hit Latin Americans.

For the Cubs, Puerto Ricans Javier Báez 4-1 with a run scored, Victor Caratini 3-1 with a RBI. Venezuelan Willson Contreras 4-0 with a run scored.