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Eight Run Fifth Inning Puts Game Out of Reach

Things started off great for the Cubs Saturday. They scored five runs in the first inning and things were looking great. Unfortunately, that would be it for the Cubs scoring as St. Louis would pile on 13 runs and win the game 13-5.

Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano were the hitting stars for the Cubs (42-65)Saturday. Soto got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning. This was followed by a three-run homerun by Soriano and the Cubs were up 5-0 after their half of the first inning. St Louis (57-50) would add two of their own in the first thanks to a homerun by Albert Pujols and an RBI single by Skip Schumaker. Things remained the same until the fifth when the Cardinals plated eight runs giving them a 10-5 lead. The Cardinals would add three more in route to their 13-5 vitory.

Kyle Lohse settled down after the first inning to improve to 9-7 on the season. Lohse went five innings and allowed those five runs in the first, none earned, on just two hits. The Cardinals bullpen got the last 12 outs allowing only one Cubs hit.

Rodrigo Lopez took the loss for the Cubs Saturday. Lopez gave up six runs on eight hits in just four and a third innings of work. The veteran righty dropped to 2-3 on the season.

The Cubs will try to salvage one game from the series when the two clubs meet Sunday evening in St Louis.