Bases-Loaded Walk Gives Cubs 4-3 Win Over Cardinals
Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk from Zach Duke with two outs in the 11th inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Thursday night for their 10th consecutive win.
Pinch-hitters Willson Contreras and Jorge Soler led off with singles against the lefty Duke (2-1) and Dexter Fowler walked to load the bases with one out. Kris Bryant struck out before Rizzo took a 3-1 pitch inside to give the Cubs their longest winning streak since getting 12 straight in 2001.
Mike Montgomery (4-5) allowed a single and two walks to load the bases in the 11th before striking out Matt Carpenter to end the threat. He won his first game for Chicago since being acquired from Seattle last month.
The Cardinals fell 13 games behind Chicago in the NL Central and lost Matt Holliday in the 10th after he was hit on the right hand by Mike Montgomery's 94 mph fastball.
The St. Louis Cardinals have placed first baseman Matt Adams on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk from Triple-A Memphis.
Adams was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup before Wednesday's game against Cincinnati with left shoulder inflammation. The DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday.
Adams is hitting .249 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 95 games, including going 10 for 26 as a pinch-hitter.
The 24-year-old Grichuk is hitting .213 in 84 games with the Cardinals this season. He was available for Thursday night's game at the Chicago Cubs.