Chicago Cubs

David Bote's three-run blast lifts Cubs to victory, doubleheader split with Cardinals

The Cubs, on the verge of having their four-game losing streak extended to five and being swept in Monday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, looked like they could use one.

The Cubs’ offense had been nonexistent up to the sixth, as Willson Contreras’ RBI double three batters earlier was just their first hit of the game.

They got it in one swing as Bote saw a 1-0 fastball from Tyler Webb and crushed a two-out, three-run homer to the shrubs in center field to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead.

Each game this season carries more value, and with that comes an added sense of urgency, especially in a rough stretch like the Cubs have dealt with.

Their performance Monday’s doubleheader was a clear reminder you can’t take any team for granted in this wild 2020 season.

“We can’t write off anybody in our division — we knew it was gonna be a grind,” said right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who allowed three runs in 6⅓ innings in Game 1.

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