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May 3, 2014

Cubs pound Wainwright early

CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo wasted little time in getting to Adam Wainwright.

Rizzo hit a two-run single in the first that ended Wainwright’s scoreless streak at 25 innings, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Friday for their third win in four games.

“I’m not trying to do too much,” Rizzo said. “See the ball and hit it, really try to swing at the pitches I want to hit, not pitcher’s pitches. Especially with Wainwright, his stuff is so good he’s going to eat you alive.”

Wainwright (5-2) had allowed six runs in 45 innings coming in, but the Cubs matched the runs total in just five innings against the St. Louis ace, who gave up 10 hits. His ERA rose from 1.20 to 2.16.

“They did a nice job of spoiling some pitches,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of his batters. “You’ve got to give them all the credit. They grinded out some at-bats today and reaped some benefits.”

Wainwright had been 6-0 in 12 previous starts and five relief appearances at Wrigley Field.

“There were certain pitches today I didn’t have good command over,” he said. “My curveball was kind of sporadic in the zone and out of the zone, which is pretty rare for me. It’s a funny game. Today was not my day. I accept that and take responsibility for today and move on.”

The scoreless streak was one inning shy of the career high for Wainwright, who had not allowed an extra-base hit since April 12 against the Cubs in St. Louis.

“He’s been incredibly consistent through this season so far. ... You can see pitches were just on the edge and not where he wanted them or weren’t getting called,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “It’s a frustrating day when he knows our guys put some offense up for him and we just can’t stop them. He limited the damage and figured out ways to keep us in it. We had some chances.”

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