Cardinals blank Cubs, clinch homefield advantage for playoffs

News-DemocratSeptember 29, 2013 

Jake Westbrook, Joe Kelly talk about victory in regular-season finale Sunday.


— Joe Kelly threw 5 1/3 shutout innings and Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Shane Robinson and Tony Cruz had RBIs on Sunday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the regular-season finale, a win that locked up homefield advantage in the National League playoffs.

How it went

The Cardinals, who won their sixth in a row, scored the only run they needed in the third against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (8-13) when Kelly doubled and was driven home on Jay's single. Descalso had an RBI double in the fourth that was followed by a run-scoring single by Robinson, both against Samardzija. Cruz's RBI double came in the eighth against Pedro Strop.

By the numbers

Kelly (10-5) allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out five. ... The Cardinals drew 44,808 on Sunday, boosting their season attendance to 3,369,769. ... St. Louis finished 12-7 against the Cubs and was 7-3 against them at Busch Stadium. ... St. Louis finished with 15 shutouts. ... The Cardinals' final home record was 54-27.

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