Carpenter went deep in the third inning of game 1 and then the seventh of game 2, tying the franchise record of six consecutive games with a long ball.
Chicago took game 1 of the series, 7-2, behind Tyler Chatwood, who earned his fourth win. They held a 3-2 lead heading in to the bottom of the seventh, but scored four in that frame to pull away for good. Javier Baez had an RBI double, and Tommy La Stella knocked in two with a single to highlight that inning.
Ben Zobrist went 4-for-4 and scored twice, while Baez had three hits and drove in two in a makeup of an April 16th rainout. The win for Chicago also helped them overcome an embarrassing 18-5 beatdown at home on Friday afternoon.
St. Louis split the doubleheader in the nightcap, using a ninth inning rally to jump ahead. Paul DeJong had the tiebreaking RBI double, while Tommy Pham doubled home two more to give the Cards the victory. They scored five unanswered after falling behind 3-1. That rally included scoring in each of the final three innings.
Carpenter was able to extend his home run streak after entering as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. He has now gone deep five times in the past two days, spanning three games, including a 5-for-5, three-home run, seven-RBI day in Friday's rout. He is the first Cardinals player to go deep in six straight games in one season. Mark McGuire also went deep in six consecutive games, but that spanned over two seasons.
These two teams have now split the first four games of this five-game weekend series. The rubber matchup will come on TBS Sunday afternoon.