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Samardzija pitches Cubs past Cardinals

Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in St. Louis.
Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS – Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom hit back-to-back homers in a four-run first inning and that was plenty for Jeff Samardzija, who pitched the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, Tuesday night.

The Cubs started fast against Adam Wainwright (10-4) and broke a five-game losing streak in St. Louis.

Carlos Beltran hit his team-high 17th homer for the Cardinals, who lost for the third time in five games but still lead the majors with a 45-26 record.

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