Carpenter's single in the 10th lifts Cardinals past Cubs 2-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter knew exactly what he needed to do.

Carpenter hit a game-ending single against an unusual defensive alignment in the 10th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Friday night.

''They had their entire 25-man roster on the right side of the field,'' Carpenter said, ''so I just knew that hitting pull side on the ground - pull side in the air, that's fine, we could still score - pull side on the ground was not an option.

''So my approach in that at-bat was to look for something to hit the other way and get something in the air and was able to do it.''

The Cardinals won back-to-back games for the first time since April 30-May 1 and avoided the worst winning percentage for May in franchise history by going 9-18 (.333). They went 8-18 in May 1980.

''A lot of guys in here that are not performing like they wish they would, myself included,'' Carpenter said. ''I have a feeling we're all going to get going at the same time. Hopefully, tonight was the start of that.''

Kolten Wong helped set up Carpenter's clutch swing with a one-out double off Mike Montgomery (1-1) for the team's lone extra-base hit. Dillon Maples then came in and walked Harrison Bader and Jedd Gyorko to load the bases.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon brought in Steve Cishek to face Carpenter, and put four players on the right side of the infield. But Carpenter drove in Wong with a fly ball that found the grass in the left field corner.

''You're in a tough spot there, on the other side, of what you want to defend,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''Clearly, it's bases loaded. Winning run at third with one out. (Carpenter) had a good approach, didn't try to do too much, which I appreciated.''

Maddon said Maples clearly struck out Bader on a pitch that umpire Laz Diaz ruled was ball four, and the missed call changed the complexion of the entire inning.

''It wasn't even a borderline pitch; it was a strike,'' Maddon said. ''That's the kind of stuff you want to see something done about and I'm still not advocating an electronic strike zone, I'm just advocating let's go, let's go. You cannot miss that pitch in that situation.''

Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas gave up one run in seven innings. He allowed six hits and walked two while throwing 104 pitches, matching his season high.

Carlos Martinez pitched a perfect eighth for St. Louis, and Jordan Hicks (2-2) worked two scoreless innings. The last pitch Hicks threw in the ninth registered at 104.3 mph, which is the fastest in baseball this season.

Cubs starter Yu Darvish permitted three hits through six innings, but still picked up his sixth straight no-decision. He walked his first two batters, leading to Marcell Ozuna's sacrifice fly.

''That was some really electric stuff by him all night long,'' Maddon said. ''His confidence is beginning to soar and I believe you're going to see that a lot more often.''

Chicago had a chance to break the tie after Jason Heyward and Addison Russell led off the fourth with singles, but Mikolas got Albert Almora Jr. to ground into a double play to end the threat.

''I was kind of the middle of the zone and worked around that,'' Mikolas said. ''Made some frustrating two strike pitches early in the game, cleaned it up a little bit as the game went on and found a groove there towards the later innings.''

STILL STREAKING

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, two shy of his career-high streak in June 2017.

TRAINING ROOM

Cubs: RHP Pedro Strop (left hamstring strain) could be activated as soon as Saturday, but Maddon said the team is still discussing the next move.

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina (strained right thumb tendon) was placed on the 10-day injured list. ''It's just a slight little tear between the thumb and the webbing, his right finger rather,'' Shildt said.

UP NEXT

Left-hander Jose Quintana (4-4, 3.73 ERA) takes the mound for the Cubs on Saturday night against right-hander Jack Flaherty (4-3, 3.77 ERA). Quintana is looking to bounce back after allowing six runs in a loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. Flaherty threw six shutout innings in a no-decision at Atlanta on Sunday.

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  • W: J. Hicks (2-2)L: M. Montgomery (1-1)
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A. Russell 2B40100004.273.333.509.8421.0
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  • a-flied out for Darvish in the 7th
  • b-walked for Kintzler in the 10th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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P. DeJong SS30000110.280.383.488.8710.5
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M. Wieters C40000003.343.368.629.9970.0
D. Fowler RF30000100.247.379.380.7591.0
K. Wong 2B41200010.222.324.372.6965.5
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  • a-grounded out for Martinez in the 8th
  • b-walked for Hicks in the 10th
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Caratini (4)
  • 3B - A. Almora
  • SF - Y. Darvish
  • RBI - Y. Darvish
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, A. Russell 3 (3), V. Caratini, D. Bote
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Wong (7)
  • SF - M. Ozuna
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (19), M. Ozuna (50)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 2 (2), M. Wieters 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Baez (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rizzo-Baez)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mikolas-Wong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish6.03113605.021.5617.0
K. Ryan1.00000104.261.323.5
B. Brach1.00000003.421.733.0
B. Kintzler1.00000202.730.844.0
M. Montgomery (L, 1-1)0.11110005.141.64-7.0
D. Maples0.00002000.001.93-2.0
S. Cishek0.01000003.001.13-1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas7.06112304.411.1716.5
C. Martinez1.00000104.501.333.5
J. Hicks (W, 2-2)2.00002203.601.1512.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas7.0
C. Martinez1.0
J. Hicks (W, 2-2)2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Darvish (6)
  • HBP - Y. Darvish (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 93-54, K. Ryan 14-9, B. Brach 11-8, B. Kintzler 15-11, M. Montgomery 9-4, D. Maples 10-2, S. Cishek 2-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 6-4, B. Brach 2-1, B. Kintzler 1-0, M. Montgomery 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 23, K. Ryan 3, B. Brach 3, B. Kintzler 3, M. Montgomery 2, D. Maples 2, S. Cishek
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Hicks (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 104-66, C. Martinez 11-8, J. Hicks 35-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 10-6, C. Martinez 2-0, J. Hicks 4-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 27, C. Martinez 3, J. Hicks 8
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A. Russell 2B40100004.273.333.509.8421.0
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A. Almora CF40100013.259.301.446.7472.5
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  • a-flied out for Darvish in the 7th
  • b-walked for Kintzler in the 10th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B41110122.219.333.388.7213.0
P. DeJong SS30000110.280.383.488.8710.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100022.274.363.447.8100.0
M. Ozuna LF30110021.243.320.534.8541.0
M. Wieters C40000003.343.368.629.9970.0
D. Fowler RF30000100.247.379.380.7591.0
K. Wong 2B41200010.222.324.372.6965.5
H. Bader CF20000100.239.357.404.7602.0
M. Mikolas P20000012.095.095.095.190-0.5
C. Martinez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Martinez in the 8th
  • b-walked for Hicks in the 10th
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Caratini (4)
  • 3B - A. Almora
  • SF - Y. Darvish
  • RBI - Y. Darvish
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, A. Russell 3 (3), V. Caratini, D. Bote
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Wong (7)
  • SF - M. Ozuna
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (19), M. Ozuna (50)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 2 (2), M. Wieters 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Baez (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rizzo-Baez)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mikolas-Wong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish6.03113605.021.5617.0
K. Ryan1.00000104.261.323.5
B. Brach1.00000003.421.733.0
B. Kintzler1.00000202.730.844.0
M. Montgomery (L, 1-1)0.11110005.141.64-7.0
D. Maples0.00002000.001.93-2.0
S. Cishek0.01000003.001.13-1.0
Total9.1522590---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish6.0
K. Ryan1.0
B. Brach1.0
B. Kintzler1.0
M. Montgomery (L, 1-1)0.1
D. Maples0.0
S. Cishek0.0
Total9.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas7.06112304.411.1716.5
C. Martinez1.00000104.501.333.5
J. Hicks (W, 2-2)2.00002203.601.1512.0
Total10.0611460---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas7.0
C. Martinez1.0
J. Hicks (W, 2-2)2.0
Total10.0
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Darvish (6)
  • HBP - Y. Darvish (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 93-54, K. Ryan 14-9, B. Brach 11-8, B. Kintzler 15-11, M. Montgomery 9-4, D. Maples 10-2, S. Cishek 2-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 6-4, B. Brach 2-1, B. Kintzler 1-0, M. Montgomery 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 23, K. Ryan 3, B. Brach 3, B. Kintzler 3, M. Montgomery 2, D. Maples 2, S. Cishek
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Hicks (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 104-66, C. Martinez 11-8, J. Hicks 35-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 10-6, C. Martinez 2-0, J. Hicks 4-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 27, C. Martinez 3, J. Hicks 8
  • 10TH INNING
    Carpenter singled to left, Wong scored, Bader to third, Gyorko to second12
  • 2ND INNING
    Darvish hit sacrifice fly to left, Caratini scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Ozuna hit sacrifice fly to right, Carpenter scored, DeJong to second01
  • 10TH INNING
    • J. Hicks Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Descalso to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Montgomery pitching
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong doubled to right
    • Dillon Maples relieved Mike Montgomery
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bader walked
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Jordan Hicks
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked, Wong to third, Bader to second
    • Steve Cishek pitching
    • Willson Contreras in left field
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter singled to left, Wong scored, Bader to third, Gyorko to second
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Russell reached on fielder's choice to third, Heyward out at second
    • V. Caratini: Caratini grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Brad Brach
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters grounded out to first
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carlos Martinez relieved Miles Mikolas
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber grounded out to first
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Brach relieved Kyle Ryan
    • Jose Martinez hit for Carlos Martinez
    • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong popped out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Russell grounded out to second
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Almora tripled to center
    • David Bote hit for Yu Darvish
    • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bote flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Ryan pitching
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Fowler lined out to right
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bader popped out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Baez walked
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Baez caught stealing second, catcher to second, Heyward grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, DeJong grounded out to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna singled to shallow center
    • M. Wieters: Wieters flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • Y. Darvish: Foul, Darvish grounded out to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong reached on bunt single to second, Fowler out at third
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong stole second, Ball, Bader hit by pitch
    • M. Mikolas: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Mikolas struck out bunting foul
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Heyward singled to shallow center
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Russell singled to shallow left center, Heyward to second
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Caratini flied out to center
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Russell out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to shallow left
    • M. Ozuna: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Wieters grounded into double play shortstop to first, Goldschmidt out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Baez popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • M. Mikolas: Ball, Mikolas grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Caratini doubled to deep right
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almora grounded out to first, Caratini to third
    • Y. Darvish: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Darvish hit sacrifice fly to left, Caratini scored
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wong grounded out to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike swinging, Bader fouled out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to left
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to shallow left
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo singled to shallow center, Bryant to second
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Baez reached on fielder's choice to third, Bryant to third, Rizzo out at second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked, Baez to second
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Russell lined out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Carpenter to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt flied out to right, Carpenter to third
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna hit sacrifice fly to right, Carpenter scored, DeJong to second
    • M. Wieters: Wieters grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)