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Cardinals dust off Cubs 4-1 to earn sweep

St. Louis stroked six doubles and completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs after a second-inning rain delay of 1 hour, 43 minutes. Carlos Martinez (9-3) returned from the interruption and lasted six innings, allowing one run on two hits, walking three and striking out six. The Cardinals, who outscored the Cubs 15-4 in the series, improved to 51-24 overall and 29-7 at Busch Stadium. St. Louis is 32-12 against Chicago at Busch Stadium since 2011.

At the plate

Yadier Molina’s double and Xavier Scruggs’ single, both against Jason Hammel (5-3), put the Cardinals ahead 1-0 in the second. Anthony Rizzo’s sacrifice fly in the third tied it at 1, but St. Louis moved ahead for good in the fourth on RBI doubles by Jason Heyward and Molina to make it 3-1. Matt Carpenter added a run-scoring double in the fifth to greet reliever James Russell. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Up next

The Cardinals are off Monday, then begin a two-game set against the Chicago White Sox at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.84 ERA) will pitch against Chris Sale (6-4, 3.02 ERA).

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