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St. Louis Cardinals Drop Soaked Second Game To Chicago Cubs

The St. Louis Cardinals dropped the second game of their Wrigley Field series with the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, with starter Jake Westbrook unable to get past a surprise rain delay on the way to an 11-4 loss. Westbrook allowed five runs in two innings for the loss; Matt Garza picked up his second win of the season, striking out seven in five innings and allowing one run after a string of hard-luck losses. Erstwhile closer Ryan Franklin struggled in a rare appearance, putting his future with the club into doubt. 

Ryan Theriot, Colby Rasmus, and Nick Punto picked up two hits for the Cardinals in the loss. Albert Pujols went 1-3 with two RBI before being removed. Theriot won't play in Thursday's game after leaving Wednesday's with "pain in his side", presumably not caused by any talk-radio comments he's made in the last several months. 

Joe Pettini continues to manage the Cardinals in Tony La Russa's absence, following his internet-diagnosis of shingles.