After winning six-straight games, all of which came away from home, a return to Wrigley Field seemed like a great prize for the Chicago Cubs. Unfortunately, the team was taken down by the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 11-4 to halt that win streak. A nine run eighth inning helped the Cardinals explode for the win, and move a bit closer toward the top of the division they share with Chicago. Here's the latest on the Cardinals vs. Cubs game and how it played out on Friday, as well as an MLB standings update, and what's next for these two teams.

MLB game recap

The Chicago Cubs started off strong in today's game, opening up a 2-0 lead over their opponents.

However, St. Louis battled back over the next two innings to tie up the game. By the fifth, the Cards had taken the 3-2 lead. Fast forward to the eighth inning and the ball game was blown wide open in favor of the visitors. The Cardinals went on a nine-run scoring spree to take control of the game for good. Chicago could only answer with a run in the ninth, ultimately falling to the visitors by a final of 11-4.

Picking up the win for the St. Louis Cardinals was Mike Bowman who is now 2-3 on the season. Cards' center fielder Dexter Fowler had three hits in today's game, an RBI, and a run. Today's game also saw multiple St. Louis players rack up two-hit games including Tommy Pham and Matt Carpenter.

Pham was joined by Paul DeJong, Carson Kelly, and Randal Grichuk in tallying two runs apiece to help lead their team to victory.

For the losing side, the Chicago Cubs got three hits from Ben Zobrist, including a run. Willson Contreras had two RBIs to lead the team today, while Anthony Rizzo, and Alberto Almora Jr.

each picked up an RBI as well. Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2) received today's loss for the Cubs' pitching staff.

Standings & what's next

With their streak ended, the Chicago Cubs drop to 49-46 overall and 24-21 on the season with today's loss. With the loss, Chicago is now 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central Division lead.

They'll get another crack at the Cardinals on Saturday at home, with game time slated for 4:05 p.m. Eastern Time.

The St. Louis Cardinals are now 47-49 for the season and 21-25 on the road. With today's win, the Cardinals ended their two-game losing streak. They've also moved to four games behind the Brewers for the division lead. They look to make it two-straight against the Cubs when the teams meet again at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

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