ST. LOUIS – Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam during a six-run first innings, Miles Mikolas hit six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 Saturday before a season high crowd of 47,514 at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals improved to 9-6 against NL Central's leading Cubs this season. Chicago has lost four out of six.
Ozuna scored his second Grand Slam this season and the fifth of his career. Ozuna had three hits.
Jose Martinez drew a base-loaded run from Jose Quintana (9-7) and Ozuna followed with his 11th homerun. Yairo Munoz added an RBI double.
The last time the Cardinals scored six runs in the opening inning was eight years against the Mets on July 28, 2010.
Quintana needed 33 seats to take his first place out and get 51 pitches through the first. The six runs were the most Quintana had allowed in the first inning of the season – he had given up only four earned runs in the first inning from 19 starts that year.
Mikolas (11-3) allowed six goals, including two -Run Homer from Javier Baez, who is tied for the second time in the series. Three St. Louis relievers each threw a goalless inning.
Cardinals right-handed Dakota Hudson made his first major league appearance in the seventh. Hudson, a first-round pick from Mississippi State in 2016, grazed Kyle Schwarzer and Ian Happ while facing all three batters he faced.
FACE IN THE QUANTITY
Missouri Governor Mike Parson threw the first pitch, a beat, to Cardinal Manager Mike Shildt.
Cubs: SS Addison Russell missed his second straight game but is expected to play Sunday. … RHP Cory Mazzoni has been recalled by Triple-A Iowa and RHP Alec Mills has been released.
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (left diagonal train) launched a light-throwing program.
The Cubs will launch RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-8, 3.99 ERA) in the series final against the Cardinals and RHP's John Gant (3-3, 3.17 ERA) on Sunday night. Hendricks in 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 career starts against St. Louis. Gant threw five shut-outs against the Cubs on Saturday and started his third career.
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