Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Despite hitting into the wind, the Cardinals crushed five home runs off Cubs starter Travis Wood and St. Louis took the opener of a three-game set, 9-6.
Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Lance Berkman, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig all homered for the Cards, who have won four in a row.
Lance Lynn (13-4) improved to 4-0 in his career against the Cubs, although he struggled to get there. The Cubs, who scored just two runs in 21 1/3 innings against Lynn coming into Friday's game, tagged the right-hander for six runs on eight hits in five innings.
Wood's (4-6) had another rough start, lasting only five innings and allowed eight runs on seven hits, including the five blasts. In his last three starts, Wood has allowed 22 earned runs.
Starlin Castro picked up three hits and Anthony Rizzo hit his sixth home run as the Cubs lost their fifth straight game against St. Louis.
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