CHICAGO – Anthony Rizzo wasted little time in getting to Adam Wainwright.
Rizzo hit a two-run single in the first that ended Wainwright's scoreless streak at 25 innings, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Friday for their third win in four games.
"I'm not trying to do too much," Rizzo said. "See the ball and hit it, really try to swing at the pitches I want to hit, not pitcher's pitches. Especially with Wainwright, his stuff is so good he's going to eat you alive."
Wainwright (5-2) had allowed six runs in 45 innings coming in, but the Cubs matched the runs total in just five innings against the St. Louis ace, who gave up 10 hits. His ERA rose from 1.20 to 2.16.
"They did a nice job of spoiling some pitches," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of his batters. "You've got to give them all the credit. They grinded out some at-bats today and reaped some benefits."
Wainwright had been 6-0 in 12 previous starts and five relief appearances at Wrigley Field.
"There were certain pitches today I didn't have good command over," he said. "My curveball was kind of sporadic in the zone and out of the zone, which is pretty rare for me. It's a funny game. Today was not my day. I accept that and take responsibility for today and move on."
The scoreless streak was one inning shy of the career high for Wainwright, who had not allowed an extra-base hit since April 12 against the Cubs in St. Louis.
Rizzo added a leadoff home run in the fifth that put Chicago ahead 6-3. Welington Castillo had three doubles for Chicago, which sent the skidding Cardinals to their 10th loss in 16 games.
Travis Wood (2-3) gave up three runs – two earned – and six hits in seven innings but allowed just one runner in his final three innings. Justin Grimm gave up Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer in the eighth, Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
Indians 12, White Sox 5: Michael Brantley homered and drove in three runs in Cleveland, Carlos Santana also homered and the Indians broke a six-game losing streak.
Cleveland's struggling offense, which scored 13 runs on an 0-6 road trip, finally broke loose.
Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the fifth and added a two-run single in the sixth. Santana hit a solo homer in the second and had an RBI single in a five-run first, while Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes each drove in two runs.
Danny Salazar (1-3) was charged with five runs, three earned, in five innings and earned his first win of the season.
Jose Abreu hit his major-league leading 11th homer in the fifth, but the White Sox couldn't overcome a shaky start by John Danks (2-2), who allowed eight runs in five innings.