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Wainwright misfires in bid for 19th in Cubs' 7-2 victory over Cardinals

Randy Wells allowed five hits over eight innings and had two hits and two RBIs to help the Chicago Cubs deny Adam Wainwright's bid for a 19th win in a 7-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Xavier Nady had three hits and three RBIs and Darwin Barney had three hits and an RBI in a 15-hit attack for the Cubs, who have outscored St. Louis 12-3 while taking the first two games of a three-game series. The Cardinals remained seven games behind NL Central-leading Cincinnati with 19 games to go.

The Cardinals managed six hits — including an RBI double by Matt Holliday in the fourth and Colby Rasmus' 22nd homer in the ninth off Sean Marshall — without Albert Pujols, the three-time NL MVP.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randy Wells allowed five hits over eight innings and had two hits and two RBIs to help the Chicago Cubs deny Adam Wainwright's bid for a 19th win in a 7-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Xavier Nady had three hits and three RBIs and Darwin Barney had three hits and an RBI in a 15-hit attack for the Cubs, who have outscored St. Louis 12-3 while taking the first two games of a three-game series. The Cardinals remained seven games behind NL Central-leading Cincinnati with 19 games to go.

The Cardinals managed six hits, including an RBI double by Matt Holliday in the fourth and Colby Rasmus' 22nd homer in the ninth off Sean Marshall, without the three-time NL MVP.

Albert Pujols missed only his second game of the season after getting a cortisone injection for left elbow tendinitis on Monday. The Cardinals managed only six hits, including an RBI double by Matt Holliday in the fourth and Colby Rasmus' 22nd homer in the ninth off Sean Marshall, without the three-time NL MVP.

Pujols said before the game that he anticipated he would be back in the lineup on Wednesday.

Wells (7-13) is from nearby Belleville, Ill., and evidently got a boost from pitching in Busch Stadium. The right-hander won for only the second time in 10 starts, striking out five with no walks.

In nine starts dating to July 28, he had been 1-5 with a 5.88 ERA. Wells has nine hits this season, including three two-hit games, and is batting .188 (9 for 48) overall with three RBIs.

Wainwright, who had entered with a major league-leading 1.52 home ERA, was tagged for a season-high 12 hits and five runs in eight innings. Wainwright has lost five of his last six starts, and fell to 11-3 at home.

The right-hander had been 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six starts the last two seasons against Chicago, and lost for the first time since Sept. 14, 2007, in St. Louis.

Wainwright struck out the side in the second but not before giving up two-out RBI singles to Barney and Wells. Marlon Byrd doubled with one out and scored on another two-out hit by Nady in the third.

The Cubs opened the fourth with three straight hits including Wells' run-scoring single, and Blake DeWitt added an RBI single for a 5-1 lead.

NOTES: Jeff Samardzija was the 15th Cubs pitcher to win on Monday. ... Wainwright's previous worst was eight hits on June 9 at Los Angeles. ... The last Cardinals pitcher to work eight innings and give up at least 12 hits was Chris Carpenter in a 5-4 victory over Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs on July 19, 2004, in Chicago. Both games lasted 2 hours and 22 minutes.