Garza, Cubs Take Series From Cardinals

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 20: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs connects on a two-run home run scoring Starlin Castro during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on August 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Garza outduels Jackson in Saturday matinee.

Things started off very slowly for Matt Garza on Saturday afternoon. Garza seemed out of sink in the first inning distracted by planes from the Air and Water Show and was visibly upset on the mound. Mike Quade came out to calm his right hander down and whatever he said worked as Garza got out of a first inning jam and led the Cubs to a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.

The Cubs got all their runs in the fourth inning of Saturday's game. Aramis Ramirez started the scoring off with a two-run homerun to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Marlon Byrd followed that up later in the inning with an RBI double to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. This would be all the scoring as the Cubs would go on to win the game and the series against St. Louis.

Matt Garza continued his recent success with another great outing in game two of the series. Garza went seven innings and allowed no runs on five hits. The Cubs right hander also had eight strikeouts. Garza improved his record to 6-9 on the season. Carlos Marmol pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save of the season.

Edwin Jackson pitched well for St Louis with the exception of the fourth inning. Jackson went seven innings and allowed three runs on just five hits. The former White Sox fell to 2-2 with the Cardinals.

The Cubs will go for the sweep on Sunday evening.

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