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Friday, August 9th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (50-64) at St. Louis Cardinals (66-48), 8:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Chris Rusin (1-1, 3.98) St. Louis - Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.78)

(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals currently own the top spot in the National League wild card race, but still have their sights set on a division crown. The Cardinals hope to find success Friday in the opener of a three-game series versus the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis is four games off the NL Central lead and just lost three of four meetings with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club was outscored, 18-5, in the past two contests and suffered a 5-1 setback on Thursday.

Carlos Martinez took the hill in his first major league start for the Cardinals and was roughed up for four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"I tried to battle, but that's how it ended up," Martinez said through an interpreter. "I just tried to go out and give it my all."

David Freese had three hits and Matt Holliday scored the only run for St. Louis.

Set to take the mound for St. Louis on Friday is Lance Lynn. Lynn is 2-0 in his last three starts and struck out 11 batters in eight innings of two-run ball Sunday at Cincinnati. Lynn pushed his record to 13-5 in 23 starts to go along with a 3.78 earned run average.

Lynn lost to the Cubs on July 13, but is 5-2 with a 3.50 ERA in eight career games (7 starts) against them. Those numbers could improve because Lynn is 8-1 in 11 starts at Busch Stadium this season.

Chicago lost for the ninth time in 11 tries with Thursday's embarrassing 12-1 loss at Philadelphia. Jeff Samardzija was banged around in the start and gave up nine runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"Just didn't have really anything," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Samardzija. "Unfortunately it just didn't go that well and hopefully he comes back out because we need some length from our starters soon."

Nate Schierholtz homered for the Cubs, who produced six hits and failed to build on Wednesday's 5-2 victory.

Chris Rusin will take the mound for the Cubs Friday and is 1-1 with a 3.98 earned run average in four starts. He has never faced St. Louis and is 1-0 in three road starts this season.

The Cardinals have won six of 10 matchups with Chicago this season.

08/09 10:41:53 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
ORL 26
CHA 30
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
 
2nd
ORL 26
CHA 30
 
2nd
BOS 50
GSW 30
 
2nd
IND 27
PHI 24
 
2nd
SAC 28
POR 34
 
1st
LAL 2
OKC 6
 
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DEN
NOP
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
1st
WAKE 13
PITT 11
 
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STAN
OREG
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OSU
PURD
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COL
ARST
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UCLA
WASU
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
 
2nd
PIT 4
CLB 1
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 3
TAM 1
 
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WAS
TOR
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DAL
ANA
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VAN
STL