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Cubs 13, Cardinals 2

Adam Wainwright has what he describes as the worst start of his career, giving up seven runs in two innings as the Cardinals fall 14 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.

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Adam Wainwright has what he describes as the worst start of his career, giving up seven runs in two innings as the Cardinals fall 14 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.

CHICAGO — Matt Szczur hit two home runs and the Cubs won their 11th straight game, pounding Adam Wainwright to rout the Cardinals 13-2 Friday.

Willson Contreras launched a three-run shot to cap a five-run second inning, and Javier Baez and Jorge Soler also went deep.

The Cubs' winning streak is their longest since a 12-game run in 2001. They pulled 14 games ahead of scuffling St. Louis in the NL Central.

Chicago manager Joe Maddon gave outfielders Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward a day off after Thursday's 11-inning win. From left to right, Contreras, Szczur and Soler started in the outfield instead. Maddon saluted all three, especially Szczur, who shuttled between the Cubs and the minors last season.

"He homers, runs the ball in the outfield, got things going," Maddon said. "I knew he'd be ready to play. The entire outfield hit four homers. That not a bad thing.''

Wainwright gave up seven runs in two innings, tying his shortest outing in 245 career starts. He hasn't won since July 16 and is 0-2 in his last five starts. "I was horrible," said Wainwright, who called the start and the season the worst of his career.

The Cubs' Jake Arrieta delivered a second straight solid start in August after going 0-3 with two no-decisions and a 4.88 ERA in July.

Cubs 13

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