Prior to Tuesday's opener, the Cubs had totaled five runs in five games against the Cardinals, and lost all five. Fowler hit an RBI double in a four-run eighth and scored on Anthony Rizzo's opposite-field two-run homer later that inning. Chris Denorfia drove in three runs as Chicago won for just the third time in 11 games against St. Louis. It was just the third time in their last 14 games since June 23 that the Cubs had scored three or more runs.
"The bats are going to be fine," Denorfia said of the Cubs' offense. "Every season, there are ups and downs. You just kind of roll with it and scrape out the runs where you can get them."
Fowler's struggles had reached a point where manager Joe Maddon decided to move the outfielder from leadoff to seventh in the lineup on Monday. Maddon and Fowler exchanged text messages on Monday before the lineup was posted.
"I'm fine with it," Fowler said of the brief switch. "I appreciate him texting me, but he's the manager. As long as I'm in the lineup, I'm happy. Anywhere I hit, I'll do the little things to get on base and take the same mindset."
It seemed to work on Tuesday afternoon, as Fowler drew a walk in the first, singled in the third and doubled in the eighth. A switch-hitter who is batting .340 against lefties compared to .210 versus right-handers, Fowler was back in the leadoff spot on Tuesday for both games of the doubleheader.
"Today, it did [work]," Fowler said. "Joe does what he does, and that's why he's the best at it."