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Cubs Sat Sep 25 2010

Cubs down Cardinals 7-3

As the season winds down the Cubs continue to play out their final games. After this afternoons affair with St. Louis the Cubs will have eight games remaining including tomorrow's home finale. The end is nearing on another dismal Cubs season and the mantra becomes once more Wait Until Next Year...again. In the mean time the Cubs have some business to finish playing the spoiler role.

This one got off to an auspicious start. Almost similar to yesterdays game as the Cardinals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead until the Cubs struck back in the bottom of the third. They would score four runs in the inning one coming off a botched run down by the Cardinals catcher Brian Anderson. Cubs center fielder Sam Fuld would put them ahead for good with a two-run single.

Aramis Ramirez added on with an RBI single in the fourth and Blake Dewitt knocked in two with a triple in the sixth. A scary moment in the fifth as Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth took a line drive off his face. Hawksworth laid motionless on the ground for several minutes before walking off on his own power with the Cardinals medical staff.

Cubs starter Casey Coleman put forth an impressive effort going seven strong innings. He struck out four and allowed two earned runs on five hits. Coleman's outing was the Cubs' 89th quality start of the season -- which ties them with the Cardinals and is only three fewer than the NL-leading Giants.

Carlos Marmol took care of business in the ninth by striking out the side. Marmol set a single-season strikeout record by a reliever with 131. He broke Bruce Sutter's old record of 129. The Cubs will wrap up the home stand tomorrow afternoon as they try to end the Cardinals playoff hopes.

Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 6.00 ERA) takes on St. Louis newcomer Jake Westbrook (2-4, 3.77 ERA). Game time is 1:20 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on WGN TV and heard on WGN Radio 720 AM.

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