Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks went eight strong innings in Friday’s win over the Cardinals and the offense was equally on point in the victory.
Hendricks had a 1-2-3 first inning against the Cardinals; he got a popout from Paul DeJong, a lineout from José Martínez, and a swinging strikeout from Matt Carpenter.
Anthony Rizzo got his 98th RBI of the season on a single after a leadoff single from Daniel Murphy to lead off the first and a walk from Ben Zobrist. Zobrist scored on an error from Kolten Wong with Jason Heyward batting. The inning ended with an early 2-0 lead for the Cubs.
Kris Bryant hit his 13th home run of the season in the fourth inning to put the Cubs ahead 3-0.
Murphy doubled in the fifth and Zobrist followed with a but single. Rizzo scored Murphy o a sacrifice fly to center field and the Cubs left the inning ahead 4-.0.
Hendricks had great stuff throughout, but the Cardinals got on the board in the sixth inning. Greg Garcia pinch hit for Wainwright and grounded out to first. Carpenter was hit by a pitch, and Martínez followed with a double. Carpenter scored on a ground out from DeJong, and Marcell Ozuna then hit a single to score Martínez, bringing the score to 4-2.
Tyler Webb replaced Wainwright on the mound for the Cardinals in the Cubs half of the sixth and got a lineout to center from Heyward. John Brebbia then replaced Webb and got a groundout to first from Bryant and a flyout to center from Willson Contreras.
Matt Adams pinch hit for Brebbia in the seventh and struck out swinging for the second out. The third out came on a flyout to center from Carpenter.
Hendricks faced new Cardinals reliever Bud Norris to lead off the seventh and drew a walk. David Bote singled and advanced to second on a throwing error from Jedd Gyorko. Norris quickly exited with a leg injury and was replaced by Chasen Shreve. Hendricks cashed in on that leadoff walk, scoring on a sac fly from Murphy, to put the Cubs up 5-2.
Albert Almora Jr replaced Murphy, batting first, at center field, Zobrist moved from right field to second base, and Heyward moved from center to right field in the eighth. Hendricks continued on the mound and gave up a double to Dejong and a walk to Gyorko with two outs. Both were stranded after Yadier Molina flew out to right for the third out.
Jordan Hicks pitched for the Cardinals in the ninth inning and struck out Javier Báez swinging for the first out. Heyward singled on a ball to short that DeJong was not able to reign in. Bryant was hit by a pitch, followed by a forceout from Contreras with Heyward out at third. Contreras advanced to third on a throwing error by Gyorko. Tommy La Stella was up next, pinch hitting for Hendricks and walked to load the bases with two outs. Hicks walked Bote and the Cubs were now winning 6-2.
Dominic Leone replaced Hicks and faced Almora, who scored Contreras and La Stella on a single to right field. The third out came on a flyout to center from Zobrist. The Cubs headed into the ninth with plenty of insurance, ahead 8-2.
Hendricks was replaced by Jorge De La Rosa in the ninth. Hendricks went eight innings, with seven hits, two runs (both earned), two walks, and two strikeouts.
The Cardinals added a few runs in the ninth against De La Rosa. Tyler O’Neill scored Yairo Muñoz on a single. Martínez advanced and O’Neill then scored on a fielding error from Báez, but the game would end with a Cubs win with a score of 8-4 on a swinging strikeout from DeJong.