After a 53 minute rain delay, Jake Westbrook was rocked for six runs in the third inning by the Cubs who tacked on another four runs charged to Ryan Franklin in the fifth as the Cardinals lost 11-4.
The Cards dropped to 1-1 without manager Tony La Russa, who missed his second straight game as he recovers from shingles. He’ll be away from the club for the remainder of St. Louis’ six-game road swing that ends Sunday in Cincinnati. On his twitter account, LaRussa said, “Much appreciate all who have shown concern, besides discomfort, biggest issue is too much attention!”
Westbrook gave up one-out singles to Kosuke Fukudome and Darwin Barney and hit Marlon Byrd to load the bases in the third. Aramis Ramirez delivered an RBI single and Carlos Pena followed with a two-run double to finish the Cards’ starter.
Castro greeted reliever Jason Motte with an RBI single and when center fielder Colby Rasmus missed the ball, Castro sprinted to third on the two-base error. Alfonso Soriano then hit an RBI single, becoming the seventh straight Cubs batter to reach.
In 2 1/3 innings, Westbrook gave up six hits, four after the rain delay, and was charged with five runs.