Jake Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and also got a career-high two hits, Anthony Rizzo launched his 16th homer, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Rizzo’s two-run drive highlighted a four-run eighth after St. Louis pulled within one. Arrieta (9-5) came through on the mound and at the plate as the Cubs won for the sixth time in eight games.

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No, those weren’t diehard St. Louis Cardinals fans who walked into a Starbucks near Wrigley Field in full uniform Tuesday. Those were actual members of the St. Louis Cardinals sent on a coffee run in their baseball gear. Why? Because they’re rookies, of course. Let’s scope it out, thanks to these photos from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The players in question are Marcus Hatley, Miguel Socolovich and Mitch Harris. Assistant bullpen catcher Kleininger Teran was sent with them. It was a good day for a Starbucks run, since the Cardinals and Cubs are playing two Tuesday. Goold writes that veteran Mark Reynolds was most likely the organizer and explains the scene in the St. Louis clubhouse : Hatley went around the clubhouse taking orders, though it was not his idea to then get in full uniform before making the trek across the street. “It was recommended,” Hatley explained. All teams have some form of rookie … orientation? The Cardinals, like many teams, have had the rookies dress up in costumes. During a recent year they all donned cheerleader outfits for a flight. In Philadelphia a few years ago they had to walk, in costume, down the block to the team’s hotel, where the team bus had let the veterans off. This was an impromptu bit of hazing, and it came with a caffeinated beverage of their choice. We’ve seen the rookie coffee run happen with other teams in Chicago too. The Starbucks outside Wrigley is pretty close, itching for a veteran to send a rookie off for a Venti something-or-other. Joc Pederson has actually done it twice. He was sent out last September by the Los Angeles Dodgers, then they sent him again this season .  Credit to Chicagoans, nobody threw anything at the Cardinals. They’re rivals, you know, and the Cards have beaten the Cubs eight times in 10 games this season, including Monday night’s 6-0 result . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs pitcher Jon Lester lost his no-hit bid against the St. Louis Cardinals when Jhonny Peralta singled with one out in the seventh inning Monday night.

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Certainly no one expects much from Jon Lester at the plate. He’s a pitcher who spent his entire career in the American League before joining the Chicago Cubs this season. Still, Lester held the dubious honor of the most at-bats to start a career without a hit. We’re talking the longest in the history of baseball. Lester was 0-for-66 for his career when he stepped to the plate Monday night against St. Louis Cardinals starter (and former teammate) John Lackey. Lester put a good swing on Lackey’s offering and smacked it back at the mound, where it ricocheted off Lackey. Lester arrived safely at first base, with a history-beating base hit. It raised his career batting average from .000 to .015. Impressive indeed. If you count the playoffs, this was Lester’s first hit in 72 at-bats. He set the record for most at-bats without a hit in May, passing former San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Hamilton, who started his career 0-for-57 before getting a hit in 1995. The longest 0-for in baseball now belongs to Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis, according to ESPN Stats & Info , who is 0-for-30 to start his career. For a while, it looked like Lester might make hit history twice in one night. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Cards. It ended with one out in the seventh, when Jhonny Peralta ripped one down the third-base line and Kris Bryant couldn’t snare it. The Cards went on to score two runs in the inning and four more in the ninth to beat the Cubs 6-0 .  But, hey, at least Jon Lester finally got a hit. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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John Lackey threw seven scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Monday night despite Jon Lester taking a no-hitter into the seventh. Signed to a six-year, $155 million deal over the offseason, Lester (4-7) remained winless in nine straight starts since beating Pittsburgh on May 16. Lester’s bid for his second career no-hitter ended with one out in the seventh when Kris Bryant couldn’t handle Jhonny Peralta’s sharp grounder in back of third base, which also ended Lester’s streak of 18 batters retired.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has thrown six hitless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Rookie outfielder Tommy Pham has done almost everything right in his first three starts with the St. Louis Cardinals. ”Just don’t have the time right now,” Pham said. Pham homered, doubled and drove in three runs, leading Lance Lynn and the Cardinals over the San Diego Padres 3-1 Sunday.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jhonny Peralta broke an eighth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Saturday to stop their longest losing streak of the season at four games.

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If you like your baseball a little weird, then Friday night was an especially good night for you. Between Trevor Bauer’s changing batting stances, the St. Louis Cardinals losing their fourth straight home game, and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier dodging a dive-bombing pigeon, there was plenty to make you scratch your head and/or laugh out loud. Wait, did we actually just say Kevin Kiermaier dodged a dive-bombing pigeon? Holy smokes, what in the world is going on out there? There’s Kiermaier, enjoying the fact his 12th inning single just gave Tampa Bay the lead. Then his joy turns to temporary panic as the angry New York pigeon responds with his own version of chin music. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] It appears the pigeon is donning Yankees’ colors. He’s obviously a fan, and very possibly a regular listener to the postgame show. Since he can’t dial a phone, this is just one of the ways he vents his frustration. One of the cleaner ways we should add, because there are obviously much worse things he could have done to Kiermaier. Here’s hoping the pigeon found a good perch following his little stunt. In the bottom half of the inning, his Yankees rallied for their first walk-off win of the season on Brian McCann’s three-run homer. Everybody drove, rode the subway, or in the pigeon’s case, flew home happy. And he even got a free dinner out of it. What a life.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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