The Cubs might be out of contention for a playoff spot, but you’d never be able to tell by the way they battled the Cardinals the last four games. Carlos Zambrano improved to 12-3, after giving up two runs on five hits in six innings, pitching the Cubs to a 6-3 win, Sunday.

It was Zambrano’s performance accompanied with Aramis Ramirez’ three hits that helped Chicago complete a four-game sweep.

The Cubs right hander out dueled Cardinals starter and former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter, who was saddled with the loss. Carpenter struggled through four innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and walking two.

The win might have been bittersweet to the Cubs since Albert Pujols was out of the lineup for the Redbirds. Pujols suffered a hyper-extended elbow on Friday after taking a swing of the bat, which prompted Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa to scratch Pujols from Sunday’s lineup. The slugger will undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) today and is listed day-to-day.

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