Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

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The two teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon in a 3:05 contest as Carlos Martinez (2-3, 3.86 ERA) takes the mound against the Cubs' Jon Lester (1-1, 3.27 ERA).

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On the pitching side, Brett Anderson was sent to the disabled list after recording just one out in his last start. Follow our Facebook page to get updates on your news feed! Martinez allowed three runs, five hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven.

Lester (1-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with five walks (one intentional) and five strikeouts in five innings, but it was good enough. The Cardinals have a small sample facing Butler while with the Rockies - 5-7/1 HR/1 RBI/2-2B and drawing three walks for a.714 BA/2.229 OPS.

Happ played right field and batted second. Had the Cubs not been exposed to the Red Sox or the Yankees so early in the season, they may not be in the funk they are in. Since that 3-9 start, the Cardinals have gone 16-5. He faced 23 batters and struck out five of them for a 21 percent strikeout rate, often by elevating his fastball when ahead in the count, a strategy that would seem effective as his four-seamer touched 96.8 miles per hour in the 1st inning. Contreras hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings to build a 2-0 Cubs lead.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo stood in the batter's box with runners on first and third with one out.

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Chicago went up 1-0 in the second when Lester, batting eighth, hit a long drive off the wall in center for a two-out double that scored Javier Baez. Cubs held a.284 BA against him.

The Cardinals' Saturday game against the Chicago Cubs got off to a bit of an interesting start. Over the next 25 games, the Cardinals play the Los Angeles Dodgers seven times and the Cubs on six occasions.

When the Chicago Cubs traded for Eddie Butler this offseason, the comparison to Jake Arrieta was impossible not to make. The over is 18-5-3 in the Cardinals' last 26 Sunday games, and St. Louis is 7-1 in their last eight overall. Saturday will be the 21-year-old's fifth start of the season after being called up from advanced Single-A Palm Beach last week. Pham hit second on Friday.

Chicago played without NL MVP Kris Bryant, who was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus.

Happ, 22, is rated by as the Cubs' No 2 prospect and 23rd in all of baseball.