St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, left, scores ahead of the tag from Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 12, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Updated: April 12, 2014 5:15PM
ST. LOUIS – No closer controversy in this game. Not the way the rival Cardinals knocked around Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva early in a 10-4 rout of the Cubs Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
Villanueva lasted five batters into the fourth, without recording an out in the inning, as the Cardinals tagged him for nine runs – far more than enough for St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, who pitched seven innings for the victory.
The Cubs actually led early, when Junior Lake led off the game with a first-pitch home run. But it was short-lived as the Cards scored four times in the second and five more in the fourth.