Carpenter nets first NL Player of Week nod

Third baseman posts .480 average, .880 slugging percentage with seven doubles

Carpenter nets first NL Player of Week nod

Matt Carpenter's hot bat at the top of the Cardinals' lineup earned the third baseman National League Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.

Carpenter led the Majors with seven doubles, and he hit .480 last week. The third baseman was tops in the NL with 22 total bases and second with a .880 slugging percentage. Carpenter also collected five RBIs and scored four runs.

With Carpenter providing an offensive boost from the leadoff spot, the Cardinals went 5-1 during their six-game homestand. His leadoff home run on Sunday night propelled the Cards to a 2-1 win over the Reds to complete a three-game sweep.

What's more, Carpenter has seven consecutive multihit games with at least one extra-base hit, which is the longest such streak since 1991, when Paul Molitor did the same for the Brewers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.