Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
- The Cubs and Cardinals have split the first six games of their 2014 series, with each taking two of three in their home ballpark. Since 2011, the Cardinals are 22-8 when playing the Cubs in St. Louis.
- The Cubs were swept in three games at Atlanta this weekend, falling to 1-7 over their past eight games. At 12-24, the Cubs' record is their worst through 36 games since 1997 (11-25).
- The Cardinals got back to .500 (19-19) when they held on for a 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh Sunday night. St. Louis has not won or lost more than two games in a row at any point since April 16.
- While Starlin Castro is batting a robust .329 when at the plate with fewer than two outs this season, his mark is an anemic .143 with two outs. He's a career .301 hitter against the Cardinals overall.
- In his start against the White Sox last Wednesday, Travis Wood matched a career high when he allowed eight runs. He's lost all three road starts this season while surrendering 26 hits over 15.1 innings and compiling an 8.80 ERA.
- Jhonny Peralta was batting just .151 entering April 25, but since then he's hit safely in 14 of 15 games while batting .356. His nine-game hitting streak since the beginning of May is three shy of his career long (12 games on three occasions).
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By JORDAN GARRETSON
(AP) -- After a mostly dormant past week offensively, the Chicago Cubs broke out for the majors' highest run total this season.
They'll try to stay hot Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright, who has dominated all opponents in 2014 - except for the Cubs.
Chicago (13-24) had lost seven of eight entering Monday's series opener at Busch Stadium, scoring three or fewer runs in six of seven. The Cubs totaled four runs and 19 hits while being swept in a three-game weekend set at Atlanta, then pounded out 20 hits in a 17-5 victory over the Cardinals.
The runs were their most since scoring that many in a win over Pittsburgh on Aug. 14, 2009, and their hits were the club's most since recording 21 in a victory also against the Pirates on Aug. 2, 2011.
Emilio Bonifacio scored five times and was 4 for 5 - tallying one more hit than he had totaled over his previous eight games. Junior Lake drove in six runs with a homer and two doubles, while Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each had three RBIs.
"He's electric, for sure," starter Travis Wood said of Lake. "When he's on, he's on. He's got tremendous pop and nice to see it come out."
Wainwright (6-2, 2.02 ERA) takes the mound for the Cardinals (19-20) looking to become the National League's first seven-game winner. However, he's had little luck against the Cubs this year, permitting 10 runs over 12 innings in splitting two matchups. Wainwright owns an 0.59 ERA in his six other starts, and the only two homers he's allowed in 58 innings pitched this season were to Lake and Rizzo.
He surrendered six runs and 10 hits over five innings of a 6-5 loss in Chicago on May 2, falling to 4-4 with a 4.91 ERA over his last 12 starts against the Cubs.
"I left a lot of balls in the middle of the plate," Wainwright told the team's website. "I did that last time I pitched against them, too, so I don't think there's a coincidence - or I don't think there's a meaning behind it, it's just a weird coincidence."
The right-hander rebounded for a dominant performance Wednesday, limiting Atlanta to a run and six hits over eight innings in a 7-1 win. He also continues to be successful at the plate, going 8 for 20 for a .400 average that leads all pitchers with at least 10 at-bats.
Chicago counters with Jake Arrieta (0-0, 2.89), who gave up four hits with seven strikeouts over 5 1-3 innings in a 3-0 win over St. Louis in his season debut on May 3. He also won his only other start against the Cardinals, allowing two hits over seven shutout innings on Aug. 16.
The righty had a tougher time in his second outing of the year, yielding four runs and nine hits over four innings in Thursday's 12-5 win over the White Sox.
Jhonny Peralta had a nine-game hitting streak snapped Monday, though he is 4 for 8 off Arrieta.
Yadier Molina was 2 for 3 and owns an OPS of 1.235 with 16 RBIs while collecting at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games against the Cubs.
Rizzo has nine RBIs over his last five matchups with St. Louis and is 6 for 18 off Wainwright.
Updated May 13, 2014