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Sunday, May 4th (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Cardinals (15-16) at Chicago Cubs (11-17), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.60) Chicago - Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.08)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Following an outstanding month of April, Jason Hammel will look to pitch the Chicago Cubs to a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals as the NL Central rivals clash on Sunday night.

Hammel went 4-1 with a 2.08 earned run average in five starts last month, going seven innings in each of his last four outings. He won his second start in a row last Sunday, blanking the Milwaukee Brewers over seven innings.

The right-hander scattered three hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven batters, and in fact did not allow his first hit until the sixth inning because of some confusion.

"What happened in the sixth inning was I pretty much screwed myself going back and forth from signs. We were bouncing back and forth between innings, changing up signs, and I got caught up in the signs. I basically mixed myself up and kind of lost my rhythm," Hammel said.

Hammel, 31, has gone 1-1 in two previous starts against the Cardinals with a 5.79 ERA.

The Cubs are looking to sweep the Cardinals for the first time since Sept. 13-15, 2010, and after plating six runs in Friday's opener they won the middle contest of the set 3-0 on Saturday.

Junior Lake hit a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo added a solo shot for the Cubs, who assured themselves their first series victory since taking two of three over the Cincinnati Reds from Sept. 9-11 of last year.

The Cubs also have won three in a row for the first time since July 26-28 and have not won four straight since July 6-9.

"Junior with that home run was huge for us," said Rizzo of Lake's sixth-inning shot. "That was it. That was the deciding factor."

Matt Adams had three hits and Jhonny Peralta supplied two hits for the Cardinals, who have dropped four of five and nine of their last 13 games to fall under .500 at 15-16.

The Cardinals will try to salvage tonight's finale behind right-hander Lance Lynn, who has gone winless in back-to-back outings since a 4-0 start.

Lynn took a loss at the New York Mets on April 24, then did not factor into a 5-4 setback versus Milwaukee on Tuesday. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings to match his shortest outing of the season.

The 26-year-old is pitching to a 3.60 ERA on the season and is 6-3 in his career versus the Cubs with a 3.20 ERA in 10 games (9 starts).

05/04 10:41:12 ET

Scoreboard
Local
2nd
CAR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
DUKE 41
GONZ 38
 
Final
PHI 4
DET 4
Final
WAS 11
MIA 7
Final
BAL 5
MIN 6
Final
STL 2
NYM 3
Final
HOU 0
NYY 7
Final
ATL 2
PIT 4
Final
BOS 3
TAM 2
Final
TOR 2
BAL 4
Final
ANA 6
CIN 8
 
8th
KAN 0
CHC 2
 
Final
CLE 1
CWS 4
 
6th
SFG 6
LOS 4
 
8th
OAK 6
MIL 0
 
8th
SDP 6
SEA 4
 
6th
LOS 7
TEX 3
 
8th
COL 2
ARI 1
 
7th
ARI 6
COL 8
 
Final
WAS 91
HOU 99
Final
BRK 107
LAL 99
Final
NOP 110
MIN 88
 
4th
CLE 83
PHI 81
 
1st
MIA 13
DET 19
 
1st
BOS 18
LAC 27
 
7:00pm Tonight
IND
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
SAN
MEM
9:00pm Tonight
PHO
OKC
Final
LOU 70
MSU 76
2nd
DUKE 41
GONZ 38
 
Final
NYR 2
WAS 5
2nd
CAR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NAS 1
CAL 4
 
2nd
NYI 5
DET 4
 
2nd
OTT 0
FLA 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
ANA
7:30pm Tonight
WIN
CHI
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
SJS