St. Louis Cardinals avoid sweep, beat Chicago Cubs 8-4

Cardinals avoid sweep, beat Cubs 8-4

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pete Kozma singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals ended a 4-game losing streak, beating the Chicago Cubs 8-4 and avoiding a sweep.

Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each had three hits and drove in a run. Jon Jay and David Freese both drove in two runs, though they only had one hit between them.

The Cardinals dropped 5 of 6 to begin a 10-game homestand.

Edward Mujica worked the last two innings for his 31st save in 33 chances, overcoming Starlin Castro's leadoff double in the eighth while working with a one-run cushion.

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