Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn delivers a pitch to the Colorado Rockies in the second inning.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn struck out nine today. File photo, UPI/Bill Greenblatt

As is the case with many early April games up north, hits are at a premium and that was the case in this final game of the Cardinals-Cubs series at Wrigley Field.  The Redbirds were held to three hits and the Cubs just two, but the home team found a way to push a couple of runs across as the Cardinals lost 2-0.

Lance Lynn struck out nine, but couldn’t get through the seventh inning. He hit Anthony Rizzo, and later gave up an RBI single by Starlin Castro and his day was done after six plus innings. The Cubs added a sac fly off Kevin Seigrist.

Chicago starter Jake Arrieta held the Cardinals to three hits and three walks while striking out seven and the Cubs bullpen closed out the 8th and 9th.

The Cards have an off day tomorrow and go to Cincinnati for a series starting on Friday.