CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — Paul Goldschmidt hit his 32nd and 33rd homers as part of a stellar performance that saw him score five runs, while Corey Dickerson set a franchise record for consecutive hits and the St. Louis Cardinals scored 8 on Thursday. Won -8. 3 for the Chicago Cubs.
Goldschmidt, Dickerson and Tommy Edman each had three hits for the NL Central-leading Cardinals (75–53), who won their last 12 games for the 10th time and completed a 6–2 road trip.
The Cubs (54–71) lost for the fourth time in six matches.
St. Louis also got 16 hits without his slugger Nolan Arenado, who returned to that city to attend the birth of his first child. However, there was considerable support for Dakota Hudson (7–6), who bowled a five-hitting ball in seven innings, her longest of the season.
Neither Dominican Albert Pujols nor Puerto Rican Yadier Molina were in the lineup for his final visit to Wrigley Field.
Pujols, 42, an 11-time All-Star, is the fifth-best home run hitter in history with 693 four-corner drives. 40-year-old Molina has been awarded nine gold gloves.
Both were honored during the pregame ceremony. They were presented with panels similar to blackboards in the park with their respective numbers.
Dickerson made a three-run attack in the first innings with an RBI single. It was their ninth consecutive hit, breaking the previous record set by Kurt Flood (1964, 1968), as well as the Dominican Felix Jose (1991) and Fernando Tatis (1998).
Also, early in the third innings, Dickerson hit a single but was stuck on base.
For the Cardinals, there was no Latin American hit.
For the Cubs, Dominican Franmil Reyes 4-1, Christopher Morrell 4-0. Rafael Ortega of Venezuela 1-0.