Wells, Cubs top slumping Cardinals 7-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Randy Wells allowed five hits over eight innings and had two hits and two RBIs to help the Chicago Cubs deny Adam Wainwright's bid for a 19th win in a 7-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Xavier Nady had three hits and three RBIs and Darwin Barney had three hits and an RBI in a 15-hit attack for the Cubs, who have outscored St. Louis 12-3 while taking the first two games of a 3-game series. The Cardinals remained seven games behind NL Central-leading Cincinnati with 19 games to go.

The Cardinals managed six hits - including an RBI double by Matt Holliday in the fourth and Colby Rasmus' 22nd homer in the ninth off Sean Marshall - without Albert Pujols, the 3-time NL MVP.

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