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Saturday, May 3rd (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Cardinals (15-15) at Chicago Cubs (10-17), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.48) Chicago - Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta makes his 2014 debut when the Chicago Cubs entertain the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in the middle installment of a three-game series.

Arrieta, who has been on the disabled list since March 30 with right shoulder tightness, went 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in five injury rehab appearances between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. The right-hander was traded from Baltimore to Chicago on July 2 last season and then compiled a 4-2 mark with a 3.66 ERA in nine games with the Cubs.

The lone career start for Arrieta against the Cardinals came Aug. 16, 2013 at Wrigley Field when he tossed seven shutout innings in Chicago's 7-0 victory.

Michael Wacha counters on the hill for the Cardinals.

The righty is 0-2 over his last three starts and is coming off a no-decision versus Milwaukee on Monday when he fanned nine over 6 1/3 innings. Wacha yielded eight hits and three runs.

Wacha is 0-2 in three road starts this year. His only road win in a starting assignment came June 11, 2013 in his first away appearance of his career. That was a 9-2 victory over the Mets. He's 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in three games (2 starts) when facing the Cubs.

Anthony Rizzo finished with two hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three to fuel Chicago's 6-5 victory Friday. Welington Castillo hit three doubles and knocked in two for the Cubs, while Ryan Sweeney contributed two hits and an RBI.

Travis Wood (2-3) allowed six hits and three runs -- two earned -- with six strikeouts over seven solid innings. Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Jhonny Peralta slugged a two-run shot and accounted for three RBI for the Cardinals, with Matt Carpenter scoring twice and knocking in a run in defeat.

Adam Wainwright (5-2) was torched for six runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks over five full frames.

"We played a great ball game today," Wood said. "We were able to get to Wainwright early. Overall, we played just a solid game."

The Cubs beat the Cardinals for just the second time in the last nine meetings since last Aug. 17.

Wainwright entered the game with a 25-inning scoreless streak, but gave up two in the first inning on Rizzo's single.

"I was just very sloppy, a lot of balls in the middle of the plate," Wainwright said. "I did that the last time I pitched against them too."

St. Louis took two of three matchups with the Cubs at Busch Stadium from April 11-13 and has won seven of the past nine games in this NL Central showdown. The Cardinals were 5-4 at Wrigley Field last season.

05/03 10:33:27 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
Half
SAC 54
MIL 57
 
2nd
GSW 32
OKC 40
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
1st OT
EVAN 79
OHIO 69
 
2nd
CSFU 38
CSDH 30
 
2nd
ORST 48
DEP 29
 
2nd
PAC 39
NEV 22
 
2nd
USF 52
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
Half
UTST 20
CALST 18
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
1st Intermission
SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 1
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13