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Cardinals Vs. Cubs: St. Louis Looks to Maintain Wild Card Lead in Chicago Finale

The St. Louis Cardinals will be attempting to win their final series of the season with the rival Chicago Cubs and maintain their edge in the National League Wild Card race when they take the field Sunday. St. Louis has won five of their last six games and hold a 2½-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card spot. The Cardinals may be without the services of all-star catcher Yadier Molina, who left Saturday's game in the ninth inning with back spasms and was to be further examined Sunday morning.

The Cardinals send Kyle Lohse to the mound Sunday. The veteran right-hander is 15-3 on the season and holds the highest winning percentage of any starter in baseball. Lohse last faced the Cubs on July 20, scattering six hits over seven innings and allowing just one earned run in a Cardinals victory.

The Cubs counter with Justin Germano, who is 2-8 with a 6.17 ERA in 11 appearances since coming over from the Boston Red Sox in July. Germano is making his first start of the season against the Cardinals, though he did give up one earned run in a three-inning relief appearance against St. Louis on July 21.

First pitch is set for 1:20 CT. Fox Sports Midwest and KMOX 1120 AM will handle the broadcast.

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