St. Louis Cardinals Mark Reynolds is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 4, 2015.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals Mark Reynolds is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 4, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam in the first inning to pull the club back to within a run after the Chicago Cubs unloaded off Carlos Martinez for five to start the game.

Later, Tony Cruz hit a double to cap a four-run seventh inning as the Cardinals rally to win their seventh straight, a 10-9 win.

With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 19-6 for the franchise’s best start in the modern era of baseball, dating back to 1900.

Reynolds talks about the guys never giving up.

The Cardinals were down 8-4, when they scored a pair off Cubs starter Travis Wood in the sixth to make it 8-6. Wood really held the bats in check after his rough first inning.  The final damage was done against Chicago’s bullpen when the Cards scored four more times in the seventh.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness and cathcer Tony Cruz celebrate the third out and a 10-9 win over the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 4, 2015.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness and cathcer Tony Cruz celebrate the third out and a 10-9 win over the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 4, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Seth Maness, pitching out of a weary Cardinals bullpen, gave up a homer in the ninth, but got the save as Mike Matheny rested Trevor Rosenthal.

With the Cardinals off to their best start, they’ve opened up a 5.5 game lead over the second place Cubs and seven over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.|

Reynolds on the total team effort.


The Cardinals are now 14-4 against their division opponents this season.