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Cubs nip Cards

Alfonso Soriano blasted a two-run homer to lift the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs won the game as -185 favorites, and the 15 runs sailed OVER the posted over/under (9.5).

Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs for the Cubs. Aaron Heilman improved to 2-0 with the win, and Carlos Marmol notched his second save.

Ryan Ludwick had three hits, including two home runs and four RBIs. Chris Perez surrendered two runs in relief and took the loss.