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Carpenter homers in 6th straight, Cards top Cubs for split

Matt Carpenter has a garden in his backyard that was planted by teammate Adam Wainwright. The infielder is using the fresh ingredients to make his own salsa, and he brought some on St. Louis' road trip for the first time.

Apparently, it's one potent mixture.

Carpenter homered for the sixth consecutive game and Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking double in the Cardinals' three-run ninth inning, helping St. Louis beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Saturday for a split of their day-night doubleheader.

"It's really hard to put into words what is happening and what I feel like," Carpenter said. "I've felt like this before in the sense that I feel like I'm comfortable...

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