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Miles Mikolas strong as Cardinals beat Cubs

Miles Mikolas strong as Cardinals beat Cubs

ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas might have picked up the win in his June 3 start against Chicago, but he had to grind for it. He made it through only five innings that day at Wrigley Field, and it took him 107 pitches to squeeze out 15 outs.

On Saturday at Busch Stadium, Mikolas wasn’t able to supplement his personal win-loss record, but the day went a little bit smoother for the starter. A back-and-forth eighth inning, with two runs scoring in each half of the frame, culminated in a no-decision for Mikolas but a 5-3 victory for the Cardinals.

Mikolas struck out nine Cubs and gave up one run on four hits and one walk in six strong afternoon innings under a sweltering sun, evening the second series of the month between the two clubs and keeping St. Louis tied with Milwaukee for the lead in the NL Central.

“[Went] back and checked out that video, see what I did wrong and what I can sharpen up,” Mikolas said of his approach between the two starts. “Look for some holes in their swings and their approach and stick to my guns as much as I can.

“Little up, down, in, out. Pitching 101.”

Juan Yepez doubled with one out in the bottom of the eighth against Chicago reliever Mark Leiter Jr., Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch and catcher Iván Herrera, the Cards’ fourth-ranked prospect, drove a game-winning sacrifice fly to deep left field for his first career RBI.

“We don’t want a double play there in that situation, game tied in the eighth,” Herrera acknowledged. “We want that run to come in. Doesn’t matter how, but I gotta bring it home.”

Tommy Edman added an RBI single for insurance.

Ryan Helsley picked up his third win of the season in 1 2/3 innings of work from the bullpen.

St. Louis came precariously close to wasting the start with a missed opportunity in the bottom of the sixth and suffered some temporary heartbreak in the top of the eighth.

After an RBI double by Dylan Carlson that expanded the Cards’ lead to 3-1, Yepez flied out to shallow left,…

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