Wrigley Discipline allowed 100% capability for the primary time since 2019 on what the Cubs known as “Opening Day 2.0:. They fell behind 5-1, then handled a crowd of 35,112 to a comeback win over their NL Central rivals.
Pederson gave the Cubs a 7-5 lead within the seventh with a two-run double off the wall in right-center in opposition to Génesis Cabrera (1-2). He additionally singled main off the primary and homered in his second straight sport when he drove one to the center-field basket in opposition to in opposition to Johan Oviedo within the fourth.
Rizzo tied it at 5-all within the sixth together with his drive to proper in opposition to Daniel Ponce de Leon. It got here on the 14th pitch of the at-bat, the longest by a Cub to finish in a homer since at the very least 1988, and the followers erupted in delight.
Contreras added a solo homer within the eighth.
Kohl Stewart obtained chased throughout a three-run fifth. However the Cubs scored three within the backside half, knocking Oviedo out of the sport, to tug inside 5-4.
Stewart gave up 5 runs and 6 hits in four-plus innings. 4 relievers mixed to close down the Cardinals.
Tommy Nance (1-0) threw two innings to win his first main league choice. Ryan Tepera labored the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel retired all three batters within the ninth for his sixteenth save in 18 possibilities.
The Cardinals misplaced for the seventh time in eight video games and have fallen from first place earlier than play to Could 31 to a 32-31 file.
Oviedo allowed 4 runs and 5 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Cardinals: SS Paul DeJong (non-displaced rib fracture) returned to the lineup after being sidelined since Could 12. … The Cardinals had been hopeful LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (decrease again tightness) will not must go on a rehab task earlier than coming back from the injured checklist, supervisor Mike Shildt stated. … RHP Kodi Whitley (again) has resumed enjoying catch and will throw off the mound within the subsequent three to 5 days, Shildt stated.
Cubs: SS Javier Báez (sore proper thumb) returned to the lineup after lacking the earlier three video games. … The Cubs positioned C P.J. Higgins (strained proper forearm) on the 10-day injured checklist and chosen C José Lobatón from Triple-A Iowa. Additionally they designated RHP Dakota Chalmers for task.