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Cubs Blank Cardinals

The Chicago Cubs had five pitchers combine on a four-hit shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals, earning a 3-0 win in the Thursday series opener.

Anthony Rizzo drove in all three runs with a first-inning double and a two-run single in the third. The Cardinals suffered a crushing blow when Matt Holliday’s hamstring tightened up while running to first base in the fourth.

Jake Westbrook fell to 5-4 despite his quality start allowing three runs over seven innings.

The Cardinals are just one game ahead of the Pirates with both teams having three games to play before the All-Star Break. St. Louis and Chicago meet for game two of the four-game series Friday with Joe Kelly facing Carlos Villanueva. Hear the game beginning at 2:10 on ESPN 100.5 and 103.1 KTGR.

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