Darryl Kile struck out a season-high 11 Cubs in seven strong innings of work, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Monday night. Kile allowed both Cub runs on five hits in improving to 8-6 on the season. The win snapped a personal three-game losing streak for the righthander. The game was tied at one in the bottom of the fifth when Mark McGwire unloaded his fourth home run in five games, a three-run shot off Kevin Tapani (8-3). Jim Edmonds added some insurance in the seventh with a two-run homer off reliever Felix Heredia. The dinger was Edmonds 10th this season. With the win, St. Louis claws to within five games of the first place Cubs in the National League Central.
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