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St. Louis at Chicago

Venue: Wrigley Field
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Seeking his first win in almost a month, Adam Wainwright surely likes his chances of getting back on track at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs' Travis Wood, meanwhile, can't seem to get things going at home.

Wainwright and Wood square off as the St. Louis Cardinals continue a three-game set against the Cubs on Saturday.

Since going 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA over a seven-start stretch July 24-Aug. 26, Wainwright has posted an 0-3 record and 6.86 ERA over his last four outings. He showed signs of coming around, though, during Sunday's 5-2, 12-inning win at Los Angeles, giving up two runs and five hits over six innings.

If his recent efforts at Wrigley are any indication, Wainwright (13-13, 3.97 ERA) could take another step in the right direction. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his last seven road starts versus the Cubs (59-92), a stretch during which he's struck out 43 in 44 innings.

Wainwright yielded a career worst-tying eight earned runs over three innings of a 9-5 loss to Chicago on April 13 before recording a 2.25 ERA in his two most recent matchups - both on the road.

No one on the Cubs has faced Wainwright more than Alfonso Soriano, who's gone 9 for 36 with 10 strikeouts in their matchups. David DeJesus is 8 for 19 with a homer against him, and he also proved to be a difficult out Friday during Chicago's 5-4 win.

The outfielder collected a career best-tying four hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the 11th inning.

The Cardinals (80-71) found themselves on the verge of a fifth consecutive win before Darwin Barney - batting .425 over his last 11 games - hit a game-tying two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Fernando Salas, who was trying to get the save with closer Jason Motte unavailable after pitching three straight days.

"We got to a two-run lead with two strikes in the ninth, but wouldn't finish it off," manager Mike Matheny said. "... (Salas has) been very, very good for us lately and he's been in that situation before so it's a good fit."

Sitting in the second NL wild-card spot with a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee, the Cardinals have lost three in a row at Chicago for the first time since a seven-game skid in 2006.

They'll try to bounce back against Wood (6-12, 4.25), who hasn't enjoyed much recent success at Wrigley. He struck out a career-high nine but gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings during Monday's 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh, dropping to 0-5 with a 6.08 ERA over his last seven home outings.

Wood also fell to 2-9 with a 5.21 ERA since the All-Star break, giving him the most losses in the NL over that stretch.

The left-hander can't be looking forward to another matchup versus St. Louis after getting shelled in both meetings this season. He yielded seven runs in six innings during a 7-0 road loss July 22, then surrendered eight runs and a career-worst five homers in five innings of a 9-6 home defeat five days later.

Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday are a combined 9 for 27 against Wood, each taking him deep twice.

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Probable Starters

Adam Wainwright, RHP
2012 stats
185.2 Innings Pitched 139.2
13-13 Wins-Losses 6-12
3.97 Earned Run Average 4.25
49 Walks 44
174 Strikeouts 106
97 Pitches Per Start 97
Career vs. opponent
114.0 Innings Pitched 30.1
6-5 Wins-Losses 2-2
4.42 Earned Run Average 5.64

Travis Wood, LHP
Weather
weather image  Showers early. More clouds than sun. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
61°F50°F17mph/NW52%31%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
St. Louis1st NL Central8446.646-7-3 W 2
Chi Cubs3rd NL Central7455.5749 ½ 6-4 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Travis Wood
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Berkman117211.636
Jay95020.556
Freese42022.500
Carpenter21111.500
Descalso52000.400
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Adam Wainwright
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Wood111001.000
Rizzo32000.667
Campana21001.500
Barney115001.455
DeJesus198103.421
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
St. Louis -165 Chi. Cubs 155
Injuries
St. Louis
PlayerInjury
M. AdamsQuadriceps
M. BelisleForearm
R. GrichukElbow
M. HarrisGroin
M. HollidayQuadriceps
J. JayWrist
L. LynnAnkle
A. WainwrightAchilles, ankle
J. WaldenShoulder
Chi Cubs
PlayerInjury
J. MotteShoulder
N. RamirezAbdominal
J. SolerOblique
R. SorianoShoulder
J. TurnerElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 13CHCCHC 7-6Rondon Parra 
Apr 14CHCCIN 3-2DeSclafani Arrieta 
Apr 15CHCCHC 5-0Wood Marquis 
Apr 24CINCHC 7-3Motte Badenhop 
Apr 25CINPPD   
Apr 26CINCHC 5-2Arrieta DeSclafani 
Jun 11CHCCHC 6-3Wood Lorenzen 
Jun 12CHCCIN 5-4Hoover Rondon 
Jun 13CHCCHC 4-3Motte Cingrani 
Jun 14CHCCHC 2-1Schlitter Badenhop 
Jul 20CINCIN 5-4Mattheus Grimm 
Jul 21CINCHC 5-4Motte Adcock 
Jul 22CINCIN 9-1Leake Hendricks 
Jul 22CINCHC 6-5Rondon Chapman 
Aug 31CHC 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 1CHC 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 2CHC 2:20 PM EDT  
Sep 29CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 30CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Oct 1CIN12:35 PM EDT