Cubs beat Cardinals 6–3, even NLDS at 1–1
The Chicago Cubs bounced back from a Game 1 loss to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6–3 and even the NLDS at 1–1.
The Cubs scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to aggressive baserunning, a pair of squeeze bunts and an infield hit, punctuated by Jorge Soler’s two-run shot. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia was removed from the game to start the third after allowing the outburst, and Cubs tacked on one more against reliever Lance Lynn in that inning.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks was steady after allowing a home run to the Cardinals' first batter of the game, third baseman Matt Carpenter. He began to struggle in the fifth and left the game in favor of lefty Travis Wood after surrendering back-to-back solo shots to Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk that made it 6–3.
Both bullpens performed well from there. Cubs closer Hector Rondon entered in the bottom of the ninth, allowing just an infield single to Jason Heyward, to earn the save. The win went to Wood, with Garcia taking the loss.
- Jeremy Woo