You know the story by now: Russell makes a hard-nosed dive into the seats for a flyball and kicks a Cardinals fan's nachos from his hands only to return next inning with a fresh plate (They're weren't loaded, but whatever.) to go with the one the concessions folks already brought the guy. A Cardinals fan's nachos were a causality.
The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 12 games. He's still a pitcher who performs bright on the big stage, and St. Louis must win this game in order to stay in the wild card race. Colorado entered yesterday leading Milwaukee by two games and St. Louis by 2 1/2. The idle Brewers moved within 1 1/2 games of the Rockies.
Luke Weaver (7-2) had won seven consecutive starts, but gave up eight runs in three innings.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was taken out of the game in the seventh inning after he took two foul balls off his catcher's mask.
He struck out four, walked two and gave up just five hits - the only run he allowed on the Gyorko shot.
Kris Bryant hit a homer and added two singles for Chicago. Jason Heyward followed Russell with a run-scoring double.
Yankees 11, Royals 3: Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire's major league record for home runs by a rookie, hitting a pair for the second straight day to raise his total to 50 and lead the New York Yankees over the Royals at Yankee Stadium.
"He got into some tough counts and had to hit more of the plate", St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said of Weaver.
Cubs: Baez was back in the starting lineup. The fan was also later seen taking selfies with other fans. St. Louis announced Molina is in concussion protocol. Arrieta is 8-3 with a 2.06 ERA and 103 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.