Matt Carpenter of St. Louis Cardinals homers for sixth straight game


Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter extended his home run hitting streak to six consecutive games with another homer on Saturday night.

After homering in a 7-2 loss earlier in the day in Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs, Carpenter came off the bench in Game 2 and launched a pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning off Cubs reliever Randy Rosario.

Carpenter becomes the first player in Cardinals history to collect home runs (eight) in six straight games in a single season. Ben Zobrist went 4 for 4, Javier Baez had three hits and two RBIs, and Tommy La Stella also drove in two runs in the makeup of an April 16 rainout.

Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Lester.

Chatwood appeared to be in trouble when the Cardinals loaded the bases in the fifth on two walks and a hit batter, leading to a mound visit from pitching coach Jim Hickey and his whole infield.

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The Cubs then grabbed the lead with three straight singles in the bottom half.

The Cardinals finished with just two hits. He was added to the roster when the Cubs placed right-hander Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list as part of a flurry of moves before the opener. "It's a very mild oblique strain", general manager Michael Girsch said.

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"It's one of those days that's frustrating and you just have to give it everything you've got", Weaver said. "Nothing terrible", Maddon said.