CHICAGO, IL - MAY 06: Starting pitcher Matt Garza #17 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on May 6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Vs. Cardinals: Chicago Bats Come Alive in 11-4 Drubbing Of St. Louis

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Cubs Vs. Cardinals: Chicago Bats Come Alive in 11-4 Drubbing Of St. Louis

A rain delay might have caused some of the fans to lose their enthusiasm about the game, but it brought the Cubs bats back to life, and Matt Grza did enough to earn an 11-4 win over Jake Westbrook and the Cardinals on Wednesday. Starlin Castro broke out of his 2-25 slump by going 4-4 with 3 RBIs. Alphonso Soriano, Koyie Hill and Carlos Pena all added in two RBIs of their own.

But the big story of the night was Garza, who had been struggling so far this season. He sat out during the rain delay, rode the bike to stay warm, and looked very sharp upon his return. He allowed only three hits in five innings and just one earned run while striking out seven. it was just his second win of the year after the Cubs traded a lot to get him in the offseason.

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Matt Garza Tries For First Win Against Cardinals

Though Matt Garza notched his first win on the season two weeks ago, he has never notched a win against the St. Louis Cardinals. He'll go for his first win against the Cards tonight at Wrigley Field, as the Cubs try to bounce back from a disappointing effort on Tuesday night.

Garza, currently 1-4 with a 4.43 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, has started only one game against the Cardinals in his career. From that start he is 0-0 with an ugly 12.46 ERA and 2.77 WHIP. Few of the current lineup for the Cardinals have had much experience against Garza. Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina are both 1-for-3, while Matt Holiday is just 2-for-9.

Pitching for the Cardinals will be Jake Westbrook. Westbrook has been uneven on the year, with a few great starts and a few truly terrible ones. He's currently 2-2 with a 6.14 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. He has started only two games in his career against the Cubs. Across those two, he's 2-0 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. Of the current lineup, only Carlos Pena has seen much success against Westbrook. Pena has a career average of .313 with five doubles and four homeruns against the St. Louis pitcher.

The weather at Wrigley is expected to be cloudy, with a chance of scattered thunderstorms and a game time temperature in the low-70's. First pitch is at 7:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and ESPN.

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