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Cards’ Carpenter hits 3 HRs, 2 doubles in 6 innings, exits

July 20, 2018
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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hits a home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hits a home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 20, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit three home runs and two doubles in just six innings for the St. Louis Cardinals, then was pulled from the game against the Chicago Cubs.

Carpenter went 5 for 5 and drove in seven runs at Wrigley Field on Friday before exiting with the Cardinals leading 15-1.

The St. Louis leadoff man has homered in four straight games. During that stretch, he is 9 for 16 with six home runs, three doubles and 10 RBIs.

Carpenter led off the game with a home run with a home run against Jon Lester. It was his team-record sixth leadoff homer of the season and the 21st of his career, matching the club mark held by Hall of Famer Lou Brock.

Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Lester. Carpenter doubled twice in the fourth and hit a three-run drive off reliever Brian Duensing in the sixth.

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