St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - What was shaping up as a pitchers' duel took a sharper turn than any Hollywood Blockbuster could imagine.
The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie with a 12-run seventh inning in which they tied a major league record with seven doubles as St. Louis blanked the Chicago Cubs, 12-0, in the middle installment of a three-game set.
Carlos Beltran, David Freese, Jon Jay, Skip Schumaker Matt Holliday all doubled while Allen Craig delivered a pair of two-baggers in the record- setting frame.
Jake Westbrook (8-8) received the win after tossing seven scoreless inning on three hits and two walks. Westbrooks added five strikeouts for the Cardinals, who have won the first two of the three-game series.
Justin Germano (0-1) took the loss in his Cubs debut. Starter Matt Garza left after tossing three scoreless frames due to cramping in his right triceps and Germano came on to toss three-plus inning of solid relief. He gave up one run on four hits.
The Cardinals did most of their damage against James Russell, who entered the game with a 2.45 earned run average. That number, however, ballooned to 3.63 after the left-hander allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning.
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