Cards sweep White Sox in return from coronavirus outbreak

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St. Louis Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt (46) heads heads home after his fourth inning home run against the Chicago White Sox in game two of a double-header baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Mark Black)

CHICAGO – From Kolten Wong's opening eight-pitch walk in the first game to Andrew Miller's save at the every end, the St. Louis Cardinals' long-awaited return from a coronavirus outbreak was a smashing success.

Lots of air high-fives for the Cards.

Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O'Neill homered, and St. Louis beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Saturday for a rousing doubleheader sweep for the reigning NL Central champions.

“It was what we do. We do it together,” manager Mike Shildt said.

Playing for the first time since July 29, St. Louis used solid performances by Dexter Fowler and Adam Wainwright to post a 5-1 victory in Game 1. Then it battered Chicago's bullpen in the second seven-inning game — part of shortened doubleheaders in the pandemic-delayed season.

The Cardinals improved to 4-3 with the sweep. Every other team in the majors had played at least 13 games coming into the day.

“We put a lot of team at-bats together, got some guys on, were able to drive some in,” O'Neill said. “So it was a good day overall for us.”

Trailing 3-1 heading into the fifth, the Cardinals went ahead to stay with a four-run rally. Goldschmidt hit an RBI single off Evan Marshall (0-1) before O'Neill belted a tiebreaking drive to left for his third homer.