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Cardinals Vs. Cubs Final Score: St. Louis Wins 5-1

The St. Louis Cardinals avoided their first sweep of the 2012 season by beating the Chicago Cubs, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon. After a short rain delay kept both teams off the field temporarily, the Cardinals were treated to another gem of a performance by starting pitcher Lance Lynn.

In place of the injured Chris Carpenter, Lynn has been a revelation so far in St. Louis. He was superb once again on Wednesday, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks over eight innings. Kyle McClellan finished off the game with a scoreless ninth inning.

David Freese led the Cards with a double and a homer, knocking in three men on the day. Carlos Beltran added a walk and the go-ahead RBI double, plus Shane Robinson had three singles while playing center field.

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