The St. Louis offense awoke with a bang in the seventh inning of Saturday evening’s game against the rival Cubs. And what followed was historical.
The Cardinals poured in 12 runs, tying a franchise record set in 1926, before pinch-hitter Tony Cruz struck out swinging to end the frame. They tallied seven doubles in the inning — tying a major league record set in 1936 by the Boston Bees. And they notched a total of eight extra-base hits — becoming the fourth MLB team to ever accomplish that feat.
The Cards are still five games back in the National League Central standings and three games back in the National League Wild Card hunt, but they showed the kind of weapons they have on Saturday at Busch Stadium and should be a team to watch down the stretch.
David Freese finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and is now batting .304 with an .865 OPS on the year. Matt Holliday also drove in two runs. He has a .921 season OPS. Skip Schumaker doubled and tripled.
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Braves 4, Nationals 0 (Game 1)
Dodgers 8, Mets 5
Rangers 9, Angels 2
White Sox 1, Tigers 7
Giants 6, Phillies 5 (10 innings)
Orioles 3, Indians 1
Marlins 1, Pirates 5
Braves 2, Nationals 5 (Game 2)
Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3
Twins 3, Royals 7
Brewers 2, Reds 6
Mariners 2, Rays 1
Cubs 0, Cardinals 12
Astros 3, Diamondbacks 12
Yankees 1, Athletics 2
Rockies 8, Padres 6 (12 innings)
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.