DeJong, Molina lead Cardinals to a 5-2 win over Cubs

ST. LOUIS (AP) In only his second season, Paul DeJong is comfortable batting third.

DeJong had three hits and three RBIs, Yadier Molina also had three hits and drove in a run, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Friday night before a season-high crowd of 47,169 at Busch Stadium.

''I think last year I got some invaluable experience basically being able to play in that 3 hole every day and this year I feel that's a good spot for me and lately I feel like that's my identity,'' said DeJong, who has hit safely in 13 of 16 games since returning from the disabled list. ''Moving forward I'm just going to try to continue to try to get good at-bats.''

DeJong's RBI triple, just the sixth for the Cardinals this season, tied the game at 1 in the third and Jose Martinez followed with an RBI single to give St. Louis the lead.

DeJong added a two-run single in the fourth. Molina scored twice.

One of the first things Mike Schildt did after taking over as Cardinals manager right before the All-Star break was move up Molina and DeJong into the second and third spots in the lineup behind Matt Carpenter.

''They seem comfortable there,'' Schildt said. ''Carp's in the 1 hole and Yadi just takes good at-bats and you try to get your better hitters up as much as possible and he's clearly one of those and Paul hit third for us last year in the second half and did a lot of damage. He takes good at-bats, he's a professional hitter. It looks good to me.''

Cardinals starter Luke Weaver (6-9) gave up two runs in six innings. He had allowed 13 earned runs in 12 innings in three previous starts against the Cubs this season.

''I never felt like I pitched bad against them,'' said Weaver, who earned his first career win against the Cubs. ''Just fighting through it; just knowing that the stuff's there. Just got to work around it and eliminate anything big happening.''

Mike Mayers and Jordan Hicks pitched perfect innings of relief before Bud Norris earned his 20th save in 23 chances as the Cardinals improved to 8-6 against the Cubs this season.

Cubs starter Mike Montgomery (3-4) gave up five runs and 12 hits in five innings. He has just one quality start in his last six outings.

''I think there's a lot of good and then there's some bad,'' Montgomery said. ''Kind of working on a few different pitches. Really just adjusting to how the hitters are. Facing some of the same teams in the division, you can't always go about it the same way but I think physically I feel good.''

Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn't concerned about Montgomery's result struggles.

''The worst part out of his outing for me was bad counts,'' Maddon said. ''Getting in bad counts and they were just putting balls in play. Overall I thought everything else he did looked normal. He just needs to get in better counts where they could be more defensive.''

Anthony Rizzo's 427-foot homer gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the third. Javier Baez added another solo blast, reaching the 20-homer mark for the second consecutive season, in the sixth.

CARDINAL MILESTONES

Molina played in his 1,820th game, tying him with Enos Slaughter for fourth on the Cardinals' career list. Tommy Pham collected his 300th career hit in the fifth.

ROSTER MOVES

The Cubs acquired LHP Cole Hamels from Texas for RHP Eddie Butler, minor league RHP Rollie Lacey and a player to be named. Chicago also recalled RHP Alec Mills from Triple-A Iowa.

The Cardinals traded RHP Sam Tuivailala to Seattle for minor league RHP Seth Elledge. St. Louis also recalled Weaver from Single-A Peoria, LHP Tyler Webb, RHP Daniel Poncedeleon and purchased RHP Dakota Hudson from Triple-A Memphis, while designating LHP Tyler Lyons and RHP Greg Holland for assignment.

TRAINING ROOM

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis) threw a bullpen session.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and RHP Carlos Martinez (right oblique strain) threw a bullpen.

UP NEXT

The Cubs send lefty Jose Quintana (9-6, 3.87 ERA) against the Cardinals and right-hander Miles Mikolas (10-3, 2.82 ERA) in the second game of a three-game series. Quintana is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in seven career starts against St. Louis. Mikolas has allowed three runs or less in his last six starts.

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  • W: L. Weaver (6-9)L: M. Montgomery (3-4)S: B. Norris (20)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (14), J. Baez (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rizzo 1B41211000.264.363.438.8007.0
A. Almora CF40000000.311.349.426.7750.0
J. Heyward RF40100010.280.344.420.7640.5
J. Baez SS41211000.296.327.557.8857.0
B. Zobrist 2B40200012.295.385.417.8022.5
K. Schwarber LF40000022.241.366.480.846-1.0
I. Happ 3B40100021.252.376.447.8220.0
M. Montgomery P20000022.091.130.091.221-1.0
R. Rosario P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- T. La Stella PH10000000.276.344.319.6630.0
A. Mills P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Caratini C30000000.276.339.337.6760.0
  • a-grounded out for R. Rosario in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B-1B40000111.272.382.572.954-0.5
Y. Molina C42310010.294.339.496.8357.5
P. DeJong SS31330100.258.335.447.78210.0
J. Martinez 1B30110002.295.358.463.8212.0
G. Garcia 2B10000011.246.331.364.695-0.5
M. Ozuna LF40200000.264.308.372.6802.0
T. Pham CF30100001.254.338.408.7462.0
D. Fowler RF40100010.182.277.309.5860.5
Y. Munoz 2B-3B31100122.293.351.443.7932.0
L. Weaver P31000014.182.206.182.3880.5
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Bader PH10000000.269.339.406.7460.0
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Hicks in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Zobrist (13)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (14), J. Baez (20)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (68), J. Baez (75)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina 2 (11)
  • 3B - P. DeJong
  • RBI - Y. Molina (45), P. DeJong 3 (26), J. Martinez (58)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Molina (13), P. DeJong 2 (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - M. Carpenter
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Zobrist-Baez-Rizzo; Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo)
  • E - I. Happ (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Fowler (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Montgomery (L, 3-4)5.012551304.031.34-6.5
R. Rosario1.00002201.971.342.0
A. Mills2.00000200.000.007.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Montgomery (L, 3-4)5.0
R. Rosario1.0
A. Mills2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (W, 6-9)6.08220524.701.3820.5
M. Mayers (H, 3)1.00000003.681.153.0
J. Hicks (H, 14)1.00000103.251.163.5
B. Norris (S, 20)1.00000203.211.0711.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (W, 6-9)6.0
M. Mayers (H, 3)1.0
J. Hicks (H, 14)1.0
B. Norris (S, 20)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Montgomery (3)
  • HBP - M. Montgomery (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 93-57, R. Rosario 20-9, A. Mills 27-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 6-4, A. Mills 1-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 27, R. Rosario 4, A. Mills 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 81-57, M. Mayers 10-6, J. Hicks 9-5, B. Norris 13-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 6-6, M. Mayers 1-2, J. Hicks 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 25, M. Mayers 3, J. Hicks 3, B. Norris 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B41211000.264.363.438.8007.0
A. Almora CF40000000.311.349.426.7750.0
J. Heyward RF40100010.280.344.420.7640.5
J. Baez SS41211000.296.327.557.8857.0
B. Zobrist 2B40200012.295.385.417.8022.5
K. Schwarber LF40000022.241.366.480.846-1.0
I. Happ 3B40100021.252.376.447.8220.0
M. Montgomery P20000022.091.130.091.221-1.0
R. Rosario P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- T. La Stella PH10000000.276.344.319.6630.0
A. Mills P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Caratini C30000000.276.339.337.6760.0
Total342822087-----
  • a-grounded out for R. Rosario in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B-1B40000111.272.382.572.954-0.5
Y. Molina C42310010.294.339.496.8357.5
P. DeJong SS31330100.258.335.447.78210.0
J. Martinez 1B30110002.295.358.463.8212.0
G. Garcia 2B10000011.246.331.364.695-0.5
M. Ozuna LF40200000.264.308.372.6802.0
T. Pham CF30100001.254.338.408.7462.0
D. Fowler RF40100010.182.277.309.5860.5
Y. Munoz 2B-3B31100122.293.351.443.7932.0
L. Weaver P31000014.182.206.182.3880.5
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Bader PH10000000.269.339.406.7460.0
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Hicks in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Zobrist (13)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (14), J. Baez (20)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (68), J. Baez (75)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina 2 (11)
  • 3B - P. DeJong
  • RBI - Y. Molina (45), P. DeJong 3 (26), J. Martinez (58)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Molina (13), P. DeJong 2 (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - M. Carpenter
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Zobrist-Baez-Rizzo; Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo)
  • E - I. Happ (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Fowler (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Montgomery (L, 3-4)5.012551304.031.34-6.5
R. Rosario1.00002201.971.342.0
A. Mills2.00000200.000.007.0
Total8.01255370---
PITCHERSIP
M. Montgomery (L, 3-4)5.0
R. Rosario1.0
A. Mills2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (W, 6-9)6.08220524.701.3820.5
M. Mayers (H, 3)1.00000003.681.153.0
J. Hicks (H, 14)1.00000103.251.163.5
B. Norris (S, 20)1.00000203.211.0711.0
Total9.0822082---
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (W, 6-9)6.0
M. Mayers (H, 3)1.0
J. Hicks (H, 14)1.0
B. Norris (S, 20)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Montgomery (3)
  • HBP - M. Montgomery (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 93-57, R. Rosario 20-9, A. Mills 27-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 6-4, A. Mills 1-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 27, R. Rosario 4, A. Mills 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 81-57, M. Mayers 10-6, J. Hicks 9-5, B. Norris 13-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 6-6, M. Mayers 1-2, J. Hicks 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 25, M. Mayers 3, J. Hicks 3, B. Norris 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Baez homered to center25
  • 4TH INNING
    DeJong singled to center, Weaver and Molina scored15
    Molina doubled to left, Munoz scored, Weaver to third13
  • 3RD INNING
    Martinez singled to right, DeJong scored12
    DeJong tripled to deep right, Molina scored11
    Rizzo homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Bud Norris pitching
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Schwarber lined out to left
    • I. Happ: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks relieved Mike Mayers
    • A. Almora: Almora grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Mills Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • Harrison Bader hit for Jordan Hicks
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Bader flied out to center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter lined out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Mike Mayers relieved Luke Weaver
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Randy Rosario
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, La Stella grounded out to first
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Caratini flied out to deep left
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo popped out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alec Mills pitching
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to third
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pham flied out to left
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Greg Garcia at second base
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Heyward grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Baez homered to center
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Zobrist doubled to right
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber grounded out to shortstop, Zobrist to third
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Randy Rosario relieved Mike Montgomery
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter caught stealing, catcher to second to first to shortstop to second, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Caratini flied out to right
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo singled to deep right, Rizzo out at second
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna grounded out to first
    • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Pham singled to left
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Fowler grounded out to shortstop, Pham to second
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz intentionally walked
    • L. Weaver: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Weaver struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Baez flied out to center
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist singled to right
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • I. Happ: Happ singled to center, Zobrist to third
    • M. Montgomery: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Montgomery struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Fowler singled to left
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Munoz singled to right, Fowler to third
    • L. Weaver: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Weaver reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Fowler out at home, Munoz to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter lined out to center, Munoz to third
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Molina doubled to left, Munoz scored, Weaver to third
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeJong singled to center, Weaver and Molina scored
    • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Caratini grounded out to second
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo homered to right
    • A. Almora: Almora flied out to left
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Molina doubled to deep left
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, DeJong tripled to deep right, Molina scored
    • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to right, DeJong scored
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna singled to center, Martinez to second
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ozuna out at second
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Happ grounded out to third
    • M. Montgomery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Montgomery struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ozuna singled to center
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham hit by pitch, Ozuna to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Fowler lined out to third, Ozuna to third, Pham to second on 3rd baseman Happ fielding error
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Munoz struck out looking
    • L. Weaver: Ball, Weaver grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo popped out to third
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora lined out to right
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward singled to left center
    • J. Baez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Baez singled to right, Heyward to third
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter lined out to center
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike looking, Molina singled to right center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, DeJong singled to center, Molina to second
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, DeJong out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)