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St. Louis at Chicago

Venue: Wrigley Field

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 image  Showers early. More clouds than sun. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
St. Louis1st NL Central10062.617-4-6 L 3
Chi Cubs3rd NL Central9765.59938-2 W 8
vs Travis Wood
vs Adam Wainwright

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Series Game Log
Apr 5CHCSTL 3-0Wainwright Lester 
Apr 7CHCPPD   
Apr 8CHCCHC 2-0Arrieta Lynn 
May 4STLSTL 10-9Socolovich Strop 
May 5STLSTL 7-4Harris Jackson 
May 6STLCHC 6-5Lester Lynn 
May 7STLSTL 5-1Lackey Arrieta 
Jun 26STLSTL 3-2Maness Grimm 
Jun 27STLSTL 8-1Wacha Roach 
Jun 28STLSTL 4-1Martinez Hammel 
Jul 6CHCSTL 6-0Lackey Lester 
Jul 7CHCCHC 7-4Arrieta Lyons 
Jul 7CHCCHC 5-3Wood Maness 
Jul 8CHCSTL 6-5Socolovich Strop 
Sep 7STLCHC 9-0Haren Lynn 
Sep 8STLCHC 8-5Hammel Wacha 
Sep 9STLSTL 4-3Broxton Richard 
Sep 18CHCCHC 8-3Hunter Maness 
Sep 19CHCCHC 5-4Cahill Wacha 
Sep 20CHCSTL 4-3Martinez Lester 
Oct 9STLSTL 4-0Lackey Lester 
Oct 10STL 5:37 PM EDT  
Oct 12CHC 6:07 PM EDT  
Oct 13CHC 4:37 PM EDT  
Oct 15STL 4:37 PM EDT