9-4 might just look like the kind of score where the Chicago Cubs were comfortable on Saturday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. But despite how it may appear, it was all but, with the home Cubbies forced to grind one out in the latter stretches before they eased away. The Cardinals had taken an early 4-0 lead over them after roughing up starter Jon Lester quickly.
Home runs by Marcell Ozuna (three runs) and Harrison Bader (one run) looked to have opened the game up. But the Cubs crept back into it. They got two runs back in the bottom of the frame and then another in the third and a further one in the fourth to tie it up. Kyle Schwarber’s gargantuan shot to right being the tying run. It was then pinch-hitter Victor Caratini’s turn to break the game wide open, hitting a bases loaded double to plate three runs. From there, the lead was extended, and the Cubs moved jointly atop the NL Central with the Milwaukee Brewers and 4.5 ahead of the Cards.