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Cardinals suddenly scoring runs in bunches

The St. Louis Cardinals have scored at least eight runs on 14 or more hits in three consecutive games.

Albert Pujols celebrating with teammates (AP/Jeff Curry)As relieved St. Louis Cardinals fans probably know, the club’s bats continued their long-awaited awakening when facing Cincinnati Reds pitching on Monday and Tuesday nights at Busch Stadium.

Against the visitors from the Queen City, the Cardinals scored 12 and eight runs on 16 and 14 hits, respectively. The two higher totals, registered in game 1 of the series, are season-to-date bests for St. Louis. They also plated nine runs on 14 hits in Chicago on Sunday.

The big question is whether or not it will continue on Wednesday against Reds rookie Sam LeCure and a Cincinnati bullpen that is ranked 14th of 16 National League teams with an aggregate 4.99 ERA.

Since at least 1952, the Cardinals have had only 11 runs of 14 or more hits in three or more consecutive games, including the current streak. Exactly 31 years ago, on June 2, 1979, the club had their fourth straight such game, the record during this time.

Consecutive games with 14 or more hits, St. Louis Cardinals, 1952-present

Start End Games W L AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Opp
5/30/1979 6/2/1979 4 4 0 157 36 65 8 3 9 34 NYM,LAD
5/30/2010 6/1/2010 3 2 1 114 29 45 8 0 6 29 CHC,CIN
4/27/2003 4/30/2003 3 3 0 151 33 55 13 4 5 33 FLA,NYM
9/1/1996 9/3/1996 3 3 0 120 35 50 15 2 2 33 COL,HOU
9/19/1992 9/20/1992 3 2 1 128 32 50 10 1 2 32 CHC
8/19/1989 8/22/1989 3 3 0 120 23 44 9 1 4 21 CIN,ATL
9/11/1974 9/13/1974 3 3 0 184 23 48 0 1 2 16 NYM,PHI
9/3/1971 9/5/1971 3 2 1 114 23 48 7 1 5 22 CHC
5/30/1970 6/2/1970 3 1 2 120 24 44 10 2 3 24 LAD,SFG
9/28/1965 9/30/1965 3 3 0 124 36 47 8 1 3 34 SFG,HOU
7/20/1963 7/23/1963 3 3 0 115 22 47 9 3 2 22 HOU,MLN

In terms of run scoring, the three consecutive games scoring eight runs or more is one off the team high since 1952 of four, achieved nine times, most recently in 2007.

Consecutive games with 8 or more runs, St. Louis Cardinals, 1952-present

Start End Games W L R H HR RBI Opp
8/122007 8/16/2007 4 4 0 40 59 7 38 LAD,MIL
6/3/2003 6/6/2003 4 4 0 40 52 3 37 TOR,BAL
9/17/2002 9/20/2002 4 4 0 40 57 14 37 COL,HOU
9/18/2001 9/21/2001 4 4 0 35 44 3 33 MIL,PIT
4/8/2000 4/11/2000 4 4 0 39 53 14 39 MIL,HOU
6/27/1994 7/1/1994 4 4 0 37 51 10 35 NYM,COL
5/5/1980 5/9/1980 4 4 0 46 60 4 46 SFG,LAD
4/16/1962 4/21/1962 4 4 0 44 55 8 39 PHI,NYM,CHC
5/15/1959 5/20/1959 4 4 0 35 50 7 34 PHI,PIT
5/30/2010 6/1/2010 3 2 1 29 45 6 29 CHC,CIN
5/10/2005 5/12/2005 3 2 1 27 46 3 24 LAD
6/17/2003 6/19/2003 3 3 0 29 40 5 27 MIL
8/11/2002 8/13/2002 3 3 0 28 47 4 28 NYM,PIT
6/15/2001 6/17/2001 3 3 0 26 35 6 24 CHW
4/6/2001 4/8/2001 3 3 0 29 42 6 29 ARI
9/11/2000 9/13/2000 3 3 0 28 41 4 27 PIT
7/9/2000 7/14/2000 3 3 0 30 35 9 29 SFG,CHW
9/15/1999 9/18/1999 3 2 1 32 44 8 30 MIL,HOU
9/1/1996 9/3/1996 3 3 0 35 50 2 33 COL,HOU
9/11/1995 9/13/1995 3 3 0 31 39 4 30 SFG
6/29/1993 7/1/1993 3 2 1 33 42 4 30 PHI
5/31/1979 6/2/1979 3 3 0 29 50 7 28 NYM,LAD
8/25/1978 8/27/1978 3 3 0 34 41 5 32 ATL
4/7/1977 4/10/1977 3 3 0 28 38 4 24 PIT
6/11/1973 6/13/1973 3 3 0 31 40 5 28 CIN
9/2/1967 9/4/1967 3 2 1 29 37 4 28 HOU,PIT
4/14/1967 4/16/1967 3 3 0 32 42 5 30 LAD,HOU
9/28/1965 9/30/1965 3 3 0 36 47 3 34 SFG,HOU
8/16/1963 8/19/1963 3 3 0 29 42 4 28 SFG
6/7/1962 6/9/1962 3 3 0 24 45 5 22 CIN,SFG
7/17/1961 7/18/1961 3 3 0 26 46 3 25 CHC
5/9/1959 5/10/1959 3 2 1 28 42 7 26 CHC
8/5/1958 8/7/1958 3 3 0 33 46 2 29 LAD,SFG
9/15/1957 9/17/1957 3 3 0 32 36 4 28 PIT,BRO
6/17/1953 6/19/1953 3 3 0 31 39 4 30 BRO,PIT

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for providing the data tables shown above.

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