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Sunday, August 11th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (52-64) at St. Louis Cardinals (66-50), 2:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Edwin Jackson (7-2, 4.96) St. Louis - Joe Kelly (3-3, 2.98)

(Sports Network) - Edwin Jackson aims to shake off a rough outing and pitch the Chicago Cubs to their first sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010 as the NL Central rivals wrap a three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

Jackson had gone 4-1 and allowed three earned runs or fewer in six straight starts before getting pounded in a loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday. The right- hander gave up seven runs on 10 hits and a pair of walks over five innings in that one.

It was the most earned runs allowed in a start for Jackson since he yielded a season-worst eight over 4 2/3 frames of a setback to San Diego on April 30.

"When you leave balls up, it's not real good," said Jackson. "Today was just one of those days where you don't find a rhythm and everything is up and you don't really have your stuff."

The 29-year-old is 7-12 with a 4.96 earned run average in 22 starts this year and faces the Cardinals for the third time. He picked up a loss in St. Louis back on June 19 after yielding four runs over 5 1/3 frames, but beat the Cardinals at home on July 11 with seven scoreless innings.

Jackson is 2-4 in nine lifetime meetings with St. Louis, all but one of those starts, with a 4.17 ERA.

Joe Kelly has helped to solidify the Cardinals' rotation as the fifth starter and aims for a third straight winning start.

Kelly is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five straight starts since joining the rotation in July. He has allowed six runs over 29 innings in that time and is coming off a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 25-year-old righty stretched his scoreless innings streak to 20 before giving up a run over his 5 1/3 frames of work. He moved to 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 27 appearances this year, including six starts.

Kelly made a start versus the Cubs on July 12 and allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings of a victory. He is 1-2 with a 3.14 ERA lifetime versus Chicago in four games (2 starts).

The Cubs are looking to sweep the Cardinals for the first time since a three- game set in St. Louis from Sept. 13-15, 2010 and rallied to win Saturday's meeting 6-5.

Down by two runs in the eighth inning, Welington Castillo and Nate Schierholtz drew walks off reliever Trevor Rosenthal before Darwin Barney roped a a double to center that scored both runners.

"He had been getting pitches up the whole inning," said Barney. "I just kept telling myself to look for something down or near the middle. I got one of those and I was able to get a good swing on it."

Dioner Navarro, in his first appearance since suffering a right ankle injury in a collision at the plate on Wednesday versus Philadelphia, followed with a pinch-hit double to put the Cubs in front and Schierholtz added an RBI single in the ninth.

That proved big after Matt Holliday hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Cardinals, but Kevin Gregg retired the next two batters on groundouts for his 25th save of the season.

Castillo added a solo homer for the Cubs, who have won three of their last four.

Holliday had two home runs -- his first since July 9, and drove in four runs, while Carlos Beltran added a run-scoring double. However, St. Louis lost its fourth straight and for the 13th time in its last 17 games, remaining four contests behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for first place in the NL Central.

The Cardinals open a three-game set at home with the Pirates on Tuesday.

Chicago and St. Louis have now split their 12 meetings this season.

08/11 10:29:33 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
4th
CHA 88
LAC 100
 
4th
CHA 88
LAC 100
 
4th
CLE 102
ORL 71
 
4th
PHI 95
POR 107
 
3rd
TOR 76
PHO 65
 
Half
HOU 51
NYK 46
 
2nd
DAL 34
IND 34
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
Final
MD 78
ARST 73
 
Final
TOL 92
BUCK 65
 
Final
JMU 77
COL 71
 
2nd
WINT 65
ETST 64
 
Final
GSOUT 78
FIU 72
 
Final
BST 88
GRAM 46
 
2nd
APP 79
HAMP 67
 
Final
MAST 89
JVU 71
 
Final
XAV 89
MURST 62
 
Final
WAKE 75
NICST 48
 
Final
MSU 79
SCU 52
 
Final
LOU 87
SAV 26
 
Final
TENT 81
SELA 62
 
2nd
VCU 53
VILL 77
 
2nd OT
OU 74
WCU 78
 
2nd
IND 63
EWASH 59
 
2nd
ILL 35
BRO 37
 
2nd
MSST 35
CLAYST 20
 
2nd
BEL 44
LIP 31
 
2nd
TCU 65
MVSU 22
 
2nd
IOWA 37
PEPP 33
 
2nd
MEM 43
PVU 27
 
2nd
KU 51
RIDE 26
 
2nd
BAY 35
STEPH 22
 
2nd
INCWORD 66
A 51
 
1st
USF 21
HAW 24
 
1st
OKST 22
ORST 20
 
1st
WYO 0
FAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
YALE
 
1st
CHAM 4
PITT 6
 
1st
ILLST 2
SHU 0
 
1st
NMST 0
STET 0
 
9:30pm Tonight
ISU
ALA
9:30pm Tonight
SDKST
CHADRON
 
9:30pm Tonight
NCOL
CCHR
 
9:30pm Tonight
OREG
MICH
10:00pm Tonight
SDU
WMICH
10:05pm Tonight
PORST
SIUE
11:00pm Tonight
AUB
TULSA
11:30pm Tonight
SDST
BYU
3rd
NYI 0
PHI 0
 
3rd
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 1
MIN 3
 
2nd
DET 3
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 31
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 7
BAL 7