Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

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After Thursday's rest, the Cubs travel to St. Louis to start a three-game series on Friday with right-hander Eddie Butler making the start.

Before that, the Cardinals had put together a couple runs in the fourth, but had been nearly silent since offensively. They played without NL MVP Kris Bryant, who was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus. He's already been ruled out for Saturday's game.

Lester would be tagged with the loss and now moves to 1-2 on the year with a 3.45 ERA over his first eight starts.

Pham, who had a hot road trip but struck out three times Friday, doubled over the head of Cubs center fielder Albert Almora to send home Garcia from first. Opposing Butler tonight was Cardinals' starter Mike Leake, who is an effective Major League Baseball starter with a similarly low 17 percent strikeout rate. You can't complain about it now Eddie only let up two hits and didn't allow a Cardinal to get past second base.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon usually makes out his day's lineup on the morning of a game. If the Cardinals can take care of business against bad teams, it really won't matter if they can't beat the good ones.

St. Louis' mound opponent Saturday is someone it has seen often the last couple of years, although it hasn't always done much with him. That said, if he keeps socking dingers, the Cubs will find a way to keep Happ around, especially since he's versatile enough to play second base in addition to all three outfield spots.

Since September of 2015, the Cubs have won 16 of 28 regular-season games against the Cardinals, not including their stunning victory in the 2015 National League Division Series. He is coming off an abysmal start against the Rockies, where he lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs, five earned, on nine hits.

Leake is now 0-4 in five career starts versus the Cubs as a member of the Cardinals.

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But Wong wouldn't get past second as pinch hitter Matt Adams struck out to end the game.

For all of his offensive fireworks, it was his defense that Contreras was more pleased with after the game.

"In the past, they've had a lot of health issues, especially with their pitching", Montero said. "But the pick off at first was bigger".

The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry typically draws well, and this game drew 47,601, the third-highest total for a regular season game at Busch Stadium.

BREWERS 7, METS 4: In Milwaukee, Eric Sogard and Orlando Arcia hit back-to-back homers in the sixth off Matt Harvey, spoiling the choppy return of the NY starter from a three-game suspension in Milwaukee's win.

In the top of the second inning with a man on first, Cubs starter Jon Lester came up to the plate.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (2-3, 3.86) goes for his third consecutive win after beginning the year 0-3 with two no-decisions.

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