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Lake drives in six, Cubs put 17-5 beatdown on Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- Travis Wood made a beeline for fellow pitcher Jeff Samardzija's locker. He wanted to apologize for all of that run support.

"I instantly came in here and gave him a hug and said sorry," the lefty said after the Chicago Cubs got six RBI from Junior Lake in a 17-5 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. "The offense played great, they brought their 'A' game."

Samardzija has a 1.45 ERA, but is 0-3. The Cubs have totaled 15 runs in his eight starts.

Lake had a home run and two doubles for Chicago, which had lost seven of eight overall. The Cubs totaled only four runs while getting swept in a three-game series at Atlanta over the weekend -- Emilio Bonifacio scored five times himself in this romp.

"That's what we needed," Lake said. "Just play hard and something happened good."

Chicago has the worst record in the league at 13-24, but is 4-3 against the defending NL champions. The Cardinals were forced to finish with infielder Daniel Descalso as a relief pitcher getting the final out in the ninth.

It's the first time St. Louis used a position player to pitch since Rob Johnson against the Dodgers in a 13-4 loss at home Aug. 7.

"It's embarrassing to have to put him into that spot," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's a team guy and understands, but should have never been in that spot to begin with."

"It's tough for all of us to watch."

The Cubs hit for the cycle in the first five batters -- Bonifacio doubled, Anthony Rizzo singled, Starlin Castro tripled and Mike Olt's two-run homer capped a four-run first inning.

Bonifacio had four of Chicago's 20 hits and scored a career-best five times -- the most in the majors this season -- once on a play overturned by video review. Rizzo and Castro each drove in three as the Cubs set season highs for runs and hits.

Cardinals reliever Randy Choate gave up a career-worst six runs in the ninth and left with two outs. Descalso made his first pro pitching appearance and retired the only batter he faced, getting Olt on a fly ball.

"I just went out there and did what they asked me to do," Descalso said. "I really don't want to talk about this."

Wood (3-4) beat St. Louis for the second time in three starts despite giving up five runs in six innings. He hit two batters in the fifth and both scored.

Tyler Lyons (0-3) surrendered nine runs in four innings in his fourth start in place of injured Joe Kelly.

"I felt a lot better the first two innings than I did in the third and fourth," Lyons said. "It's just one of those things. Sometimes you just get hit, I guess."

Allen Craig drove in two runs for the Cardinals. Yadier Molina had two hits, an RBI and a steal when he caught Wood napping in the fifth and took third without a throw.

Lake hit a three-run homer in the second for a 7-0 lead. He had an RBI double in the fourth and a two-run double in the ninth.

Lake began the game with eight RBI in 92 at-bats this season. Three of his four home runs have come against the Cardinals.

"He's electric, for sure," Wood said. "When he's on, he's on. He's got tremendous pop and nice to see it come out."

Olt leads NL with eight home runs, including four in the past six games, all on the road.

In the fourth, Bonifacio was called out at the plate when he tried to score on Rizzo's grounder to short with the infield in. The Cubs challenged the call, and the ruled was reversed.

Notes

The Cubs' previous bests for runs and hits came at Comiskey Park on Thursday when they scored 12 runs on 15 hits against the White Sox. ... Bonifacio is the first Cubs player to score five runs since Jody Davis in 1987. ... Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (6-2, 4.75) opposes Jake Arrieta (0-0, 2.89) in the second game of a four-game set. Wainwright is 9-7 for his career against Chicago but only 3-6 with a 4.83 ERA at home, and is coming off his first career loss at Wrigley Field on May 2. ... Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, allowed two runs on three hits in five innings for Triple-A Memphis.

 
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Emilio Bonifacio has himself quite a night from the leadoff spot -- three singles, a double and five runs scored.  (USATSI)
Emilio Bonifacio has himself quite a night from the leadoff spot -- three singles, a double and five runs scored. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

E. Bonifacio
AB 5
R 5
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

J. Lake
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 6
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, CF5540102 .312
Junior Lake, LF6236012 .255
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5113010 .281
Starlin Castro, SS6133012 .291
Mike Olt, 3B6222004 .187
Welington Castillo, C5110000 .241
   John Baker, C0000000 .069
Nate Schierholtz, RF4011010 .197
Darwin Barney, 2B5231000 .188
Travis Wood, P1210000 .231
   a-Chris Coghlan, PH1000002 .188
   Brian Schlitter, P0000000 .000
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
   b-Ryan Kalish, PH1110000 .276
   Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
Totals4517201614  
a-lined out for Wood in the 7th
b-singled for Grimm in the 9th
Batting
2B - Emilio Bonifacio (9, Lyons), Junior Lake 2 (6, Lyons), Starlin Castro (9, Fornataro), Welington Castillo (7, Choate)
3B - Starlin Castro (1, Lyons)
HR - Junior Lake (4, Lyons), Mike Olt (8, Lyons)
SF - Anthony Rizzo (2), Nate Schierholtz (4)
SH - Travis Wood (2)
RBI - Junior Lake 6 (14), Anthony Rizzo 3 (21), Starlin Castro 3 (19), Mike Olt 2 (19), Nate Schierholtz (13), Darwin Barney (5)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro 2 (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Barney-Castro-Rizzo
E - Junior Lake (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,3-4) 6554340 4.91
Brian Schlitter 1000010 3.77
Justin Grimm 1100000 3.18
Hector Rondon 1000000 1.47
HBP - G. Garcia (by Travis Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 94-61, Brian Schlitter 16-11, Justin Grimm 7-6, Hector Rondon 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 3-11, Brian Schlitter 1-1, Justin Grimm 1-1, Hector Rondon 2-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 28, Brian Schlitter 3, Justin Grimm 3, Hector Rondon 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B5000002 .265
Jhonny Peralta, SS3100000 .237
Matt Holliday, LF3111120 .276
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Descalso, P0000000 .179
Allen Craig, RF4011010 .222
Yadier Molina, C3121002 .312
   Jon Jay, LF1010000 .274
Matt Adams, 1B4000003 .301
Peter Bourjos, CF3100111 .211
Mark Ellis, 2B2011000 .203
   Eric Fornataro, P0000000 .000
   a-Joey Butler, PH0000100 .000
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   Tony Cruz, C1000000 .250
Tyler Lyons, P1000011 .000
   Greg Garcia, 2B2100001 .200
Totals3256435  
a-walked for Fornataro in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (9, Wood), Allen Craig (6, Wood)
RBI - Matt Holliday (23), Allen Craig (16), Yadier Molina (19), Mark Ellis (7)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (7), Mark Ellis (3)
SB - Yadier Molina (1, 3rd base off Wood/Castillo)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Yadier Molina (2)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Lyons (L,0-3) 4999122 6.12
Eric Fornataro 2222000 4.70
Seth Maness 1200000 2.87
Pat Neshek 1000020 1.08
Randy Choate 0.2766000 6.75
Daniel Descalso 0.1000000 0.00
HBP - Wood (by Eric Fornataro)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Lyons 69-50, Eric Fornataro 39-26, Seth Maness 18-12, Pat Neshek 16-11, Randy Choate 35-27, Daniel Descalso 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Lyons 7-4, Eric Fornataro 2-4, Seth Maness 1-2, Randy Choate 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyler Lyons 23, Eric Fornataro 9, Seth Maness 5, Pat Neshek 3, Randy Choate 9, Daniel Descalso 1
Game Information
Attendance - 44434
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Sean Barber, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Ted Barrett