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Cards' Carpenter homers in 6th straight

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CHICAGO (AP) Matt Carpenter homered for the sixth consecutive game and Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking double in St. Louis' three-run ninth inning, helping the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Saturday to split their day-night doubleheader.

Carpenter entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth and hit a solo drive in the seventh for his fifth homer in the past two days. He also had a solo shot in the opener after he went 5 for 5 with three homers and seven RBIs while playing just six innings in St. Louis' 18-5 victory on Friday.

Carpenter became the first player in Cardinals history to homer in six consecutive games during one season. He matched the club record held by Mark McGwire, who connected in six straight games over two years.

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NL Home Runs
Rank Name HR
1t J. Aguilar, Mil25
1t N. Arenado, Col25
3t M. Carpenter, StL23
3t B. Harper, Was23
5 M. Muncy, LAD22
6 P. Goldschmidt, Ari21
7t O. Albies, Atl20
7t T. Story, Col20
9t J. Báez, ChC19
9t C. Blackmon, Col19
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NL Runs Batted In
Rank Name RBI
1t N. Arenado, Col72
1t J. Báez, ChC72
3t J. Aguilar, Mil71
3t E. Suárez, Cin71
5 T. Story, Col68
6 F. Freeman, Atl64
7 S. Gennett, Cin63
8t N. Markakis, Atl62
8t A. Rizzo, ChC62
10t A. Duvall, Cin60
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