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Nootbaar’s game-ending single lifts Cardinals over Cubs 4-3

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ST. LOUIS – Lars Notbaar hit a tie in the seventh inning and a game-ending RBI single in the ninth, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs at the start of a split-doubleheader.

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Louis lost 3-0 before rallying in Game 7 against Markus Stroman. Nolan Gorman as well as Paul Goldschmidt hit back to back homers in front of Nolan Arenado doubled and put Nutbaar’s ball into the center.

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“When all this works, we will be able to collect some quality bats,” said the St. Louis manager. Oliver Marmol said. “Those guys definitely adjusted to Stroman and made a very hard contact. Classic third time in the line-up.

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Arenado and Paul DeJong walked with one in the ninth against a rookie Eric Ulmen (0-1). Nutbar then drove to the Arenado with a liner to the right into a 2-2 field.

“He takes really professional bats,” Marmol said of Nutbaar. “He makes a lot of hard contacts. He’s confident in what he’s doing right now.”

Nutbaar said he thought Arenado would be able to score the winning streak. Slide Arenado surpassed the mark by the catcher Wilson Contreras.

– He’s not the fastest. I’ve never seen him move so fast before,” Nutbaar said with a laugh. “But he’s a smart baserunner. I had a good idea that he would score there. I made him run a little faster than necessary. I owe him.

Ryan Helsley (6-1) got three strikeouts for the win, helping the Cardinals break through Milwaukee in the half game to take the NL Central lead.

Contreras hit a home run for Chicago, who lost their fourth game in a row. Stroman was charged with three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

“I thought he owns both sides of the plate. He was insightful,” said manager David Ross. “Today was a really good performance, I think.”

The doubleheader was scheduled after Wednesday night’s game was postponed due to rain. This season, St. Louis improved to 5–2 in four doubleheaders, while Chicago fell to 1–8 in five doubleheaders.

Contreras, who was the subject of trading rumors ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, hit a solo run first for his 15th homer.

“I just wanted it to end and free my mind to play baseball,” Contreras said of the deadline. “I need to focus on baseball and I don’t have to worry about anything else anymore. He feels more relaxed. It took a big load off my shoulders.”

The Cubs added two more in the sixth against Miles Mykolas. Contreras doubled and scored Seiya Suzukisingle, and Patrick Wisdom added sacrificial fly.

Mykolas allowed seven hits, struck out six and woke one in 6 1/3 innings.

Rafael Ortega had three hits for Chicago, and Nico Horner went 2 by 4.


The Cardinals scored in 12 straight games, the second-longest active streak behind the Yankees (19). St. Louis hit multiple home runs in six straight games, the longest active streak in MLB.


Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals and Cubs will play a two-game series in London in June.


Cubs: LHP Matt Dermody was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to serve as the 27th man in the split doubleheader. Dermody, 32, is 6-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 20 games (13 starts) for Iowa this season. … INF David Bot was invited to Iowa to create a spot on the LHP roster. Sean Newcombwhich was supposed to start the second game.

Cardinals: Added RHP James Neil as the 27th doubleheader. Naile replaced Mikolash in the seventh and got two strikeouts.


Cubs: INF Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder strain) went 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk in a rehab game for Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. … PD Wade Miley (left shoulder strain) threw 49 pitches on Wednesday 2 1/3 innings for Iowa. He gave up three runs and five hits.

Cardinals: RHP Drew VerHagen (infringement of the right hip) will soon have an operation on the hip. … PD Stephen Matz (torn left MCL) will not need surgery at the end of the season, instead he will be in rehab. There is no timetable for when he will return.


Cubs: This is Newcomb’s first major league start (0-0, 11.57 ERA) since Aug. 10, 2020 for Atlanta in Philadelphia. Friday LHP Justin Steel (4-7, 3.86 ERA) will make his 20th start of the season in the opening three-game series against Miami.

Cardinals: LHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.50 ERA) starts Game 2 of the doubleheader. Quintana was acquired in a deal with Pittsburgh on Monday. Friday RHP Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.10 ERA) will take on the New York Yankees LHP Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA) at the start of a three-game set.


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