Carlos Martinez gets 2 hits, Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3

Camille Rivera
May 14, 2017

Mike Leake was the tough luck loser, going six innings, allowing just two runs. The extra day should hopefully keep Lester fresh as he looks to continue dominance after a slow start. Meanwhile, the Cubs will go with veteran Jon Lester. Cardinals return home from Miami to Busch Stadium. He has a 7.65 ERA in his last four starts. Saturday was RHP Michael Wacha's scheduled day to pitch for the Cardinals, but he will be skipped though this turn of the rotation and won't pitch until next Friday. He allowed one run in five innings but left with the Cubs losing.

In the bottom of the ninth, though, Contreras almost handed the game back to the Cardinals. Cubs not so much. In 20 career games, he's 2-2 with a 4.17 ERA. Prior to their final game against the Rockies, May 10 ( The severity of the issue is unclear.

The Cubs' rough starts have been even worse recently.

ASTROS 5, YANKEES 1: At New York, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer against his former team and Lance McCullers Jr. pitched four-hit ball over six shutout innings to lead Houston to its fifth straight victory.

Sunday features another good pitching match-up. St. Louis will counter with Carlos Martinez (2-3, 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) and Adam Wainwright (2-3, 6.37 ERA, 1.87 WHIP). This is a battle of struggling pitchers who are looking to turn their seasons around, each with a different story.

Arrieta has had a few ups and downs this year. With Happ in town, their fans will get a look at another player who soon could be counted among that group for the long-term.

Arrieta has been absolutely filthy against the Cardinals in his career.

The Cardinals (19-14/.576) now hold first place in the NL Central, returning home with a six game winning streak.

St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Pham hits an RBI double to drive in Greg Garcia during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in St. Louis.

Yet another Myrtle Beach Pelicans alumni has made it to the majors. The Cardinals led 5-1 heading to the seventh.

The Cubs are sending Eddie Butler to the mound for his first start as they have lost 5 of their last six games, while the Cardinals are going to go with Mike Leake (4-1). They're also 6-0 in their last six games after scoring five runs or more in their previous game and are 5-0 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter. Reigning AL Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello (2-5) gave up five runs - three earned - with seven strikeouts in six innings for his second rough outing against the Rays this season.

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