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Carpenter pitches Cardinals to win

Chris Carpenter allowed only two runs over nine innings Saturday as the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Chicago Cubs by a 5-2 score.

The Cards were winners as big -200 road favorites in this contest. The combined score fell just UNDER the game’s posted total (8).

Carpenter gave up eight hits and struck out eight on the day. Cubs starter Jerome Williams allowed three runs on four hits over six innings, and fanned seven.

Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run for St. Louis in the third inning. Mike Mahoney, Abraham Nunez, and John Rodriguez also drove in runs for the Cardinals in the win.

Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run shot for Chicago in the third inning.