While the Chicago Cubs may still be competing for the top record in Major League Baseball, the win for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday prevented them from entering their next series with a losing record. 

Cardinals scoring

St. Louis scored early in the game, when Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st. In the bottom of the 2nd, Yadier Molina scored on a Kyle Hendricks wild pitch.

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One batter later, pitcher Carlos Martinez earned a RBI when his single drove Colten Wong home. The Cards ended the 2nd inning with a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, Molina gave the Cardinals an insurance run when a single drove home Randal Grichuk.

Cubs scoring

After three scoreless innings, Anthony Rizzo prevented Martinez from pitching a shutout with a solo homerun. Four innings later, Rizzo earned another RBI as Dexter Fowler crossed the plate in the top of the 8th.

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With Rizzo still on first and Jason Heyward on third, Kris Bryant hit into a force-out that allowed Heyward to score, bringing the Cubs within one going into the bottom of the 8th.

Pitching

Carlos Martinez improved to 3-0 on the season. He pitched 7 innings, tallying 5 strike outs and 3 walks.

The Cubs had 1 earned run and 3 hits against Martinez, who has an ERA of 2.70 on the season. Kyle Hendricks is now 1-2 on the season, allowing 4 runs in 5.1 innings against the Cardinals today.

Trevor Rosenthal came in at the top of the 9th with a 5-3 lead and struck out all 3 batters, earning his 4th save of the season. A benchmark in Rosenthal's career, Trevor becomes just the 5th Cardinal in the franchise history to record 100 saves.

NL Central Standings

With their win today, the St. Louis Cardinals regain a winning record, improving to 8-7 after the first 15 games of the 2016 season. In their competitive division, they are now tied for second place with the Cincinnati Reds.

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The fourth place Pittsburgh Pirates play a late game in San Diego Wednesday evening, which could result in a three-way tie for second place on Thursday morning. Despite their loss today, the Cubs remain in the lead in NL Central, 3 games ahead of the Reds and Cardinals. 

The St. Louis Cardinals face the Chicago Cubs again when the Cubs return to Busch Stadium for a three-game series May 23-25.

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