Cubs blank Cards

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Updated: August 9, 2013

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Chris Rusin and four relievers combined on a
shutout, and the Chicago Cubs upended the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0, at Busch
Stadium.

Junior Lake singled in a run in the seventh and scored on Anthony Rizzo’s two-
run base hit later in the inning, as the Cubs won for just the third time in
12 games.

Rusin (2-1) allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out five.

After Jon Jay’s single in the sixth, the Cubs didn’t allow a hit the rest of
the way. The only baserunners for St. Louis the final three innings came when
Pedro Strop hit Matt Holliday with a pitch in the eighth and Kevin Gregg
walked pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran with two outs in the ninth. Right fielder
Cole Gillespie made a twisting grab in front of the wall on a ball hit by Matt
Carpenters to end the game and give Gregg his 24th save of the year.

James Russell and Blake Parker bridged the gap to the final two Chicago
relievers.

Lance Lynn (13-6) was charged with all three runs on three hits and five
walks. Lynn, who was removed after 6 2/3 innings, fell to 8-2 at home this
season.

Jay had three hits for the Cardinals, who have lost three in a row and 12 of
their last 16 contests.

Welington Castillo walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt in the
eighth. Darwin Barney walked, and with two outs Lake singled to center. After
Gillespie was hit by a pitch, Rizzo smashed Randy Choate’s pitch to center for
a 3-0 cushion.

The Cubs left the bases loaded in the eighth, but didn’t need the insurance
thanks to superior bullpen work.

Home plate umpire David Rackley ejected pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso, who was
called out on strikes in the bottom of the ninth. Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny was then thrown out, also for arguing with Rackley.

Lynn was called out on strikes to leave the bases full in the second and he
grounded out to strand two more in the fourth. Matt Adams grounded back to
Rusin in the fifth to leave runners at the corners.

Game Notes

It was Lynn’s first loss (3-1) in five games against the Cubs at Busch Stadium
… The Cubs went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on
base. Chicago went 5-for-29 with RISP in the just-finished series against the
Phillies, including 1-for-12 Thursday … Rusin is 2-0 in four road starts
this season.