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

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

RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 2 Joey Gallo hit a game-ending three-run home run and host Texas won with a four-run ninth inning for the second night in a row, this time beating Oakland. His suicide-squeeze bunt drove in Pham, who walked, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Willson Contreras.

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. All Butler did was surrender two hits, strike out five, and walk three over six shutout innings, a welcome change from the Cubs' incumbent starters of late.

Eddie Butler made his debut for the Cubs today, and it was a good one.

The hit was the fourth in 15 career at-bats for Lester off Martinez, while he is just 8-for-157 against every other pitcher in his career.

Randal Grichuk put the Cards on the board in the seventh with a solo home run to center to cut the deficit to 3-1.

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The Cubs' first run in the inning came on an RBI single to left by Jason Heyward on a 3-0 pitch from Eickhoff.

Lester has been excellent in his career against the Cardinals, going 3-3 with a 1.96 ERA in 10 starts.

Position: Happ has spent time at second base and the outfield this season.

Before that, the Cardinals had put together a couple runs in the fourth, but had been nearly silent since offensively. The offense has been productive - ranking seventh in runs scored and fifth in on-base percentage - despite sluggish starts from Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo.

Rookie Magneuris Sierra has provided a spark, since he came up, hitting.353, and scoring seven runs, in four games. It is likely they will go with Carlos Martinez, who would be on normal rest. The loss snaps the Cardinals' six-game winning streak.

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Third baseman Josh Rutledge was tagged for a throwing error on an infield grounder by Longoria, and that opened the door. The Red Sox first baseman drew two walks against the Rays, making it five consecutive games he's reached base via walk.

The Cubs challenged the ruling, taking issue on the play if whether or not shortstop Aledmys Diaz had kept his foot on second base while Happ slid into him - a necessary element for calling the slide interference. Martinez has been good against the Cubs, but the Cubs have been able to get to him too.

Chicago played without NL MVP Kris Bryant, who was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus.

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (1-1, 3.27) starts for Chicago. Santana (6-1) walked a season-high five and struck out four, lowering his ERA to 1.50.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (2-3, 6.37) will reach 328 career games and pass Ken Dayley for 12th on the Cardinals career list, one behind Al Hrabosky.

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