Kyle Hendricks spins a gem to lead Cubs to 3-0 win over Cardinals


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Hendricks carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Nico Hoerner homered to help the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Ian Happ also drove in a run for Chicago, which has won two of three.

Hendricks (3-6) continued his mastery over the Cardinals, who had won 12 of the previous 17 against the Cubs. He gave up five hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, struck out six and walked one. Hendricks improved to 13-3 in 25 lifetime starts against his NL Central rivals, his most victories against any team.

Hendricks had given up six or more earned runs in four of 13 starts entering the contest. His last win came in a 6-0 triumph over San Diego on May 9.

Chris Martin worked out of a one-out jam with runners on second and third after replacing Hendricks in the eighth. David Robertson finished for his ninth save in 12 opportunities.

Hoerner drilled a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Andre Pallante (2-3) in the second inning. Hoerner has reached safely in 17 of his last 20 games.

Happ pushed the lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in the fifth.

Pallante gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked three.

St. Louis has still won 10 of its last 14 home games.

Chicago improved to 4-4 following a 1-11 skid that ended on June 16.

Cubs: INF David Bote was activated before the game. He started at second base and went 0-for-4. Bote had missed the first 70 games after undergoing left shoulder surgery.

Cardinals: RHP Drew VerHagen was placed on the 15-day injured list list with right shoulder impingement. LHP Packy Naughton (0-2, 5.40) was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis RHP Miles Mikolas (5-5, 2.64) will face RHP Adrian Sampson (0-0, 0.00) in the second game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon. Mikolas is 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 12 appearances against the Cubs. Sampson, who will be making his first start of the season, hasn't allowed a run in two relief appearances covering 5 2/3 innings.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.

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