Carlos Martinez gets 2 hits, Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3

Carlos Martinez gets 2 hits, Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3

Carlos Martinez gets 2 hits, Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3

Lorenzo Cain singled with one out and Hosmer doubled to right-center field off Vidal Nuno (0-1).

47,601 people crowded into Busch Stadium on a attractive 72-degree evening hoping to see their beloved St. Louis Cardinals defeat the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Regular starter Randal Grichuk received the day off and was replaced by Magneuris Sierra in right field, while Tommy Pham continued to start in place of the injured Stephen Piscotty. Follow our Facebook page to get updates on your news feed! Leake is coming off a 5-3 win over Atlanta on Saturday night in which he gave up just three hits over seven innings.

Harvey (2-3) allowed seven hits and five runs, including a season-high three homers, in his first outing in 10 days.

Bottom WPA Play (-.094): Contreras' errant throw on a dropped third strike to Kolten Wong that allowed a run to score, brought the Cards to within a run, and brought to the plate the dreaded Matt Adams as the winning run. The regularly scheduled game will start at 1:35 p.m., and the teams will play the second game at 7:05 p.m.

Hosmer delivered another key hit, doubling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead the Royals to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City, Missouri.

Pham and Sierra combined to go 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs.

The Cardinals' Saturday game against the Chicago Cubs got off to a bit of an interesting start. He's 3-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 career starts against Chicago.

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Jon Lester has pitched very well against the Cardinals in his career.

Russell could be facing a move to the disabled list if the shoulder continues to bother him. Since dominating the Cardinals, in the second game of the year, Arrieta has scuffled to a 4-2 record, with a 5.35 ERA.

For Sunday's game, the Cubs will be rolling with RHP Jake Arrieta.

In his three seasons with the Rockies, he started 28 of 36 games with a career 6-16/6.50 ERA. Wainwright has struggled lately, giving up at least four runs in five of his last six starts.

"You're just going to have those games", Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. Pham hit second on Friday.

Another bright note for Chicago is the bat of third baseman Kris Bryant, the reigning NL MVP has started to heat up but he is obviously going to need some of the others on te Cubs offense to start to wake up as well.

Happ, 22, is rated by as the Cubs' No 2 prospect and 23rd in all of baseball.

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