Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Travis Wood was consistent.
First inning — home run.
Second inning — home run.
Third inning — home run.
Fourth inning — home run.
Fifth inning — home run.
"Things didn't go as planned," Wood said Friday after tying the Chicago Cubs record for home runs allowed in a 9-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. "I missed some pitches, and they didn't miss the pitches that I missed."
Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Lance Berkman, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig went deep for the Cardinals, who became the first team in eight years to hit a home run in each of the first five innings.
Carpenter put St. Louis ahead 7-6 when he homered on the first pitch of the fourth, and Craig homered into the left-field bleachers in the fifth. The previous team to homer in each of the first five innings was Houston against Colorado on Oct. 2, 2004, according to STATS LLC.
"He does have to keep the ball down," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "You're going to get away with that a little more against some other teams. This team, there's a reason why those left-handed numbers are what they are. If you make a mistake, they don't miss them."
Wood (4-6) gave up eight runs and seven hits in five innings and has allowed 22 earned runs in 15 2-3 innings since the All-Star break. The prior Cubs starter to give up five homers in a game was Carlos Zambrano, in his final start for Chicago last Aug. 12.
"I missed some pitches and they put some good swings on them," Wood said. "They've got a great team over there and you just can't do that."
In a pregame ceremony the Cubs honored Ron Santo, who was posthumously inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday. Santo's No. 10 uniform number was carved into the outfield grass and his young grandson threw out the ceremonial first pitch, which was received by former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood.
"Such a special guy," Sveum said. "It was nice for the family and the kids to come out and have that kind of tribute."
Rookie Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, his sixth in 25 games since he was brought up from Triple-A Iowa.
"It's a good feeling to be in that kind of mindset at the plate," Rizzo said. "I just want to stick to it right now and keep going."
Rizzo added an RBI single in the third and scored on Alfonso Soriano's double into the left-field corner, tying the game at 6-all. Rizzo's 28 hits in July are the most among NL rookies.
Starlin Castro had three hits for the Cubs, including an RBI single in the first and a leadoff triple to center in the third.
Lance Lynn (13-4) tied New York's R.A. Dickey and Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the NL lead in wins despite allowing six runs and eight hits in five innings.
"The offense carried me and the bullpen came in and did what they do," Lynn said. "It was one of those days — a team win."
Lynn allowed one run in 19 innings during his first three July starts, but the Cubs' first three batters scored.
Berkman's third-inning homer was just his second home run this season. Berkman has missed 68 games this year because of lower body injuries.
"They come out swinging," Cubs catcher Geovany Soto said. "It's a tough lineup to face. We tried to keep the ball down, but it's one of those days when it was slugging out there."
Holliday's solo homer in the first landed just to the left of the camera booth in center field. He added an RBI single in the seventh and singled in the ninth, and has homered five times in 12 games against the Cubs this season.
"All those balls were crushed," Holliday said. "None of those were cheap home runs. If the wind was blowing out those would have been a lot more impressive."