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Cubs Get 1st Shutout in St. Louis in 16 Years

Chicago 3, St. Louis 0



    Cubs Get 1st Shutout in St. Louis in 16 Years
    Chicago Cubs' Wellington Castillo, left, scores past the tag of St. Louis Cardinals' Tony Cruz (48) on a hit by teammate Junior Lake in the seventh inning.

    Anthony Rizzo had a two-run single, Chris Rusin pitched around seven hits in six innings, and the Chicago Cubs recorded their first shutout in St. Louis in 16 years with a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night.

    Rusin (2-1) twice worked out of bases-loaded jams and only set the Cardinals down in order in the first. He struck out a season-high five and issued two intentional walks.

    Kevin Gregg recorded his 24th save to complete the Cubs' first shutout in St. Louis since Jeremi Gonzalez tossed one on June 23, 1997.

    Lance Lynn (13-6), attempting to become the National League's first 14-game winner, labored over 6 2-3 innings despite giving up just three hits. He threw 115 pitches and was charged with all three runs. He struck out five, walked five and hit two.

    Chicago has won two of three, but only has three wins in its past 12.

    St. Louis has lost four of five and 12 of 16. The Cardinals have been shut out four times during that span and have scored three or fewer runs 10 times, despite getting 13 runs in two victories and 15 runs in a third.

    Lynn's night ended after he plunked Cole Gillespie to load the bases in the seventh with two outs. Lefty Randy Choate came in to face the left-handed Rizzo, who singled to center on a two-strike pitch to score Darwin Barney and Junior Lake and make it 3-0.

    The Cubs opened the scoring on Lake's two-out single that scored Welington Castillo, who walked to open the seventh.

    It could have been more. Starlin Castro was originally called safe by first base umpire Larry Vanover on a bunt that Lynn fielded and applied the tag. After a short argument from Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, the umpire crew gathered and reversed the call for the first out of the inning.

    Rusin twice intentionally walked Pete Kozma to load the bases with two outs and face Lynn. Lynn struck out in the second and ended the fourth with a grounder.

    Rusin was lifted for pinch-hitter Logan Watkins with runners at first and second with one out in the seventh. Watkins struck out.

    Jon Jay had three hits, including two doubles, for the Cardinals. Matt Holliday had a double and two singles.

    Both managers tinkered with their lineups to try and boost their struggling teams.

    The Cubs used David DeJesus in the cleanup position for the first time in his career. DeJesus struck out to end the seventh with runners at first and third and finished 0 for 3, with a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

    The Cardinals moved David Freese to second in the order for the first time this season. He had a single in four at-bats.