Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

After a brutal week that included an 18-inning game and a double header, the Cubs needed the rest.

The slide rule at second base cost the Chicago Cubs a run in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

"For us to be in the position that we're in right now while they're not at the top of their game, I kind of like it, actually, because they're going to be there". "I ended up getting the guys a couple zeros there and they put up some runs".

Cubs: Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant missed his second game with a stomach flu.

"Even when I coached third base in the minor leagues", Maddon said, per the Chicago Sun Times, "I always wore a cup".

On the pitching side, Brett Anderson was sent to the disabled list after recording just one out in his last start.

Tommy Pham was all over the field with two hits, two RBIs and a stolen base. If the Cardinals can take care of business against bad teams, it really won't matter if they can't beat the good ones.

"I think anytime it's close and especially late in the ballgame and those type of hits fall, it's definitely a good sign", Hosmer said.

If he gets the milestone win on Sunday, he would became the eighth active manager in the 1,000-win club.

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Carlos Martinez (3-3) was solid on the mound, allowing just three runs in six plus innings and striking out seven. His replacement, outfielder Jon Jay, left in the second inning with back spasms. "Probably some of the best stuff I've featured this year". Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina must have agreed with Happ, because he threw the ball to the Cubs' dugout to save it.

The announced crowd of 47,882 made Saturday's contest the largest attended baseball game in Busch Stadium III history, surpassing both regular season and playoff/World Series figures in the stadium's 12 year history.

Braves 8, Marlins 4: Tyler Flowers homered and drove in four runs to help Atlanta end a six-game losing streak by beating Miami.

NOTES: Chicago SS Addison Russell (right shoulder) returned to the starting lineup after a three-game absence, although he did pinch-hit on Friday night and Saturday. Kyle Schwarber had scored from third base, but that run was nullified by the double play.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, he is the fifth Cubs player in the past 25 seasons to homer in his big league debut, joining Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Starlin Castro and Willson Contreras. Adam Wainwright has been thoroughly hittable in 2017, yet the Cubs could only record four hits over his seven innings, making it Wainwright's longest start of the year despite his four walks.

Butler (1-0), who pitched the past three seasons with Colorado and was traded to the Cubs before spring training, gave up two hits.

Happ was drafted two places behind Madeira High's Andrew Benintendi, who is starring for the Boston Red Sox after his call up from Double AA past year.

RAYS 5, RED SOX 4 Alex Cobb took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning before tiring, Evan Longoria hit a home run over the Green Monster completely out of Fenway Park and visiting Tampa Bay held off Boston. The Cardinals have a 1 1/2 game lead in the division overall, and a 2 1/2 game lead over the fourth-place Cubs.

TIGERS 4, ANGELS 3 J.D. Martinez powered up in just his second game of the season, hitting his second home run of the game in the ninth inning to lift Detroit over host Los Angeles.

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