Cards beat Cubs in second game of doubleheader
Ryan Ludwick more than made up for Albert Pujols' rare bad game.
Ludwick hit a pair of two-run homers, Adam Wainwright pitched eight strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged a split by beating the Chicago Cubs 4-2 in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader.
Wainwright improved to 3-0 against the Cubs this season and St. Louis leads the NL-Central by 2 1/2 games heading into the All-Star break. Chicago (43-43) is .500, 3 1/2 games out.
Ludwick also had a double in the eighth to finish the doubleheader 5 for 8 with four RBIs and four extra base hits. He is batting .455 during a nine-game hitting streak. Pujols was 1 for 8 with two RBIs in the doubleheader, including 0 for 4 in the nightcap.
With Ludwick heating up, Pujols, who leads the majors in home runs and RBIs, doesn't need to supply all the muscle for the Cardinals.