An early morning arrival from San Diego forced the Cardinals to miss some sleep, but they sure didn't look very sluggish at the plate.


An early morning arrival from San Diego forced the Cardinals to miss some sleep, but they sure didn't look very sluggish at the plate.

"Slugging" might be a better word to describe them.

Six straight batters got hits off Chicago starter Randy Wells, and St. Louis jumped out to a big early lead that Chris Carpenter made stand up in a 7-1 rout on Friday.

"It was quick turnaround — four hours of sleep," said Ryan Ludwick, who added a two-run homer in the ninth for St. Louis. "It was just a nice inning to be able to get Carp five runs off the get-go. I don't think you could ask for a better scenario."

Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina each drove in a pair of runs, and Colby Rasmus also had an RBI for the Cardinals, who knocked Wells from the game after only 16 pitches. He allowed five runs on six hits without retiring a batter, and St. Louis sent nine to the plate.

Cubs reliever James Russell finally got out of the inning, but the damage was done.

The six consecutive hits given up by the Cubs was the most since 1975, when Philadelphia hammered starter Bill Bonham for seven straight hits without an out. The Phillies beat Chicago 13-5 in that game at Veterans Stadium.

Carpenter kept Chicago at bay when he finally took the mound, scattering seven hits over 6 2-3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk. The only run he allowed came on Tyler Colvin's pinch-hit homer in the fifth, the first of his career.