Pederson homers in 3rd straight game, Cubs beat Cards 7-2

St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, right, walks to the mound as starting pitcher John Gant looks down during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — Joc Pederson homered for the third straight game, Sergio Alcántara and Ian Happ also went deep, and the Chicago Cubs used a five-run second inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2. Kyle Hendricks threw six solid innings for his sixth consecutive victory and the Cubs won for the seventh time in 11 games. Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong hit home runs for the Cardinals, who have lost 10 of 12 and fell to .500 at 32-32 for the first time since April 28. John Gant lasted 1 2/3 innings to add to St. Louis’ rotation struggles.

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