“Bud” Smith won his third straight decision with seven innings of five hit ball as the St. Louis Cardinals took care of the Chicago Cubs 3-1 today in the opener of their four game series. Mark McGwire went deep twice in the win, both solo shots, upping his career total to 570. Albert Pujols snapped a 1-1 tie in the 6th with an RBI double. With the win, the Cardinals move to within 7 1/2 games of first place in the National League Central.
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