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Friday, July 25 (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Cardinals (54-47) at Chicago Cubs (41-59), 4:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Joe Kelly (2-1, 2,84) Chicago - Travis Wood (7-9, 5.12)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals hope to avoid a fourth straight loss on Friday when they open a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

St. Louis found itself tied with Milwaukee atop the National League Central standings at the beginning of the week, but heads into the weekend trailing the Brewers by three games after a two-game sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays, including a 3-0 setback on Wednesday.

"The last two days (Tampa Bay) has just had our number," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

Matheny is hoping right-hander Joe Kelly can continue to pitch well in Friday's opener. Kelly was terrific on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as he allowed just a run and four hits in seven innings to improve to 2-1, while lowering his ERA to 2.84.

"It's a good start," Kelly said. "I'm going to keep doing [the different motion] and do it as much as I can to just try and mix up pitches and hide stuff better."

Kelly gave up just an unearned run over six innings of a no-decision against the Cubs back on April 11. He is 3-2 in eight games (5 starts) against them with a 2.19 ERA.

Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Travis Wood, who has lost his last three starts. Wood dropped his fourth straight decision on Saturday in Arizona, as he surrendered seven runs (5 earned) in 5 1/3 innings to fall to 7-9 on the year to go along with a 5.12 ERA.

Wood hasn't won since June 15 and over his last six starts, he owns a 6.82 ERA and 1.96 WHIP while allowing opponents a .328 average.

"It's not like I'm sailing balls all over the place, I'm just missing," Wood said after his last start. "I really want to go out and give seven, eight innings as strong as I can every time, and so far it hasn't been happening. Like I said, I promise we'll get there."

Wood has faced the Cardinals 13 times and is 5-5 against them with a 4.99 ERA.

Chicago enters this series having lost seven of eight after falling in the final two games of its three-game series with the San Diego Padres, including an ugly 13-3 loss on Thursday.

"It seems that anything that could go wrong has gone wrong over the past couple of weeks," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

St. Louis has won five of its nine meetings with the Cubs this season.

07/25 10:37:48 ET

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CAR 1
MIN 3
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CHA 103
TOR 94
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STL 5
HOU 2
 
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BOS 3
MIA 5
 
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TAM 2
MIN 1
 
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PHI 1
NYY 4
 
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ATL 8
WAS 9
 
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TOR 5
BAL 4
 
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NYM 5
DET 4
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SDP 5
CWS 0
 
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CHC 2
CIN 5
 
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CLE 9
KAN 11
 
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MIL 1
LOS 10
 
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TEX 3
SFG 12
 
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LOS 7
SEA 4
 
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ANA 3
COL 0
 
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ARI 2
OAK 7
 
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NYY 1
PIT 3
 
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IND 98
CHI 84
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WAS 99
MIA 97
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ORL 119
SAC 114
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CHA 103
TOR 94
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PHI 83
UTA 89
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ATL 106
CLE 97
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NOP 98
BOS 104
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HOU 103
DET 93
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MEM 97
LAL 90
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BRK 100
PHO 108
 
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SAN 120
DEN 111
 
2nd
GSW 34
DAL 29
 
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
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WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
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ILLST 71
EVAN 67
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HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
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UNCG 81
SAMF 76
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ELON 74
TOWS 69
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KSU 79
AKR 77
 
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BUF 77
BGU 75
 
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DART 75
BRO 69
 
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WMICH 74
CMICH 62
 
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PENN 54
CLMB 46
 
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PRIN 66
CORN 53
 
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OU 69
ILLCH 72
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OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
Final
BST 67
NILL 71
 
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EMICH 85
TOL 59
 
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NIOWA 71
BRAD 46
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MURST 80
MORE 77
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HARV 52
YALE 62
 
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DREX 48
COC 56
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CITA 56
FUR 73
 
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CCAR 74
UNCA 57
 
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USF 62
PAC 58
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BAY 77
TTU 74
2nd
INDST 35
LOYC 66
 
2nd
CLST 61
DET 42
 
2nd
EKENT 35
BEL 31
 
11:30pm Tonight
SCU
LMU
Final
NJD 2
CLB 3
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CAR 1
MIN 3
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OTT 3
BUF 2
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DET 2
CAL 5
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CHI 2
EDM 1
 
2nd
ANA 0
PIT 1