The Cubs jumped on Adam Wainwright and handed the long-time Cardinals’ ace just his second career loss at Wrigley Field.
Matt Szczur, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell hit four doubles off Wainwright in the first two innings that gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead.
The Cubs played longball after grabbing the four-run lead. Willson Contreras clubbed a three-run homer off Wainwright in the second inning.
The offense launched five home runs on the day off Wainwright and one time Cubs’ starter Jerome Williams.
Four different Cubs hit dingers Friday. Matt Szczur went deep twice. Willson Contreras, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez all trotted around the bases.
Matt Szczur, filling in at center and hitting leadoff for Dexter Fowler, went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs, a HBP, four runs scored and three RBI.
Jorge Soler, starting in right field for Jason Heyward and hitting cleanup, was 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.
Willson Contreras (2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI) and Javier Baez (2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) were a combined 4-for-10 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI.
Not bad production from a right-handed heavy lineup against Adam Wainwright. Entering play Friday, right-handed hitters had a .694 OPS against him with 26 extra basehits (18 doubles, one triple, seven home runs) and a .257/.301/.393 slash line.
The Cubs scored seven runs on six hits with three walks and a hit batsman off Wainwright in two innings. Five of the six hits went for extra bases (four doubles, a home run) and all five extra basehits came from Matt Szczur, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Willson Contreras.
The Cubs have won 11 straight games. The first 10 games of the winning streak, the Cubs hit a total of seven home runs. The Cubs launched five on Friday.