Final in 11

Series: Game 1 of 3

St. Louis leads 1-0 (as of 7/22)

Game 1: Friday, July 22
Chi Cubs1Final
in 11
St. Louis2
Game 2: Saturday, July 23
Chi Cubs6Final
St. Louis5
Game 3: Sunday, July 24
Chi Cubs8Final
in 10
St. Louis4

Cubs 1

(48-48, 24-26 away)

Cardinals 2

(62-34, 33-18 home)

8:10 PM ET, July 22, 2005

Busch Stadium I, St. Louis, Missouri 

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CHC 00100000000 1 9 0
STL 10000000001 2 6 0

W: A. Reyes (3-1)

L: S. Mitre (2-5)

Carpenter tries to become majors' first 15-game winner

Chicago Cubs (48-47) at St Louis (61-34), 8:10 pm EDT

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Chris Carpenter looks to pick up his major league-leading 15th victory Friday, when the St. Louis Cardinals renew their rivalry with the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a three-game series.

Carpenter (14-4, 2.34 ERA) became the National League's first 14-game winner in dominant fashion Sunday, tossing a three-hitter while striking out nine in a 3-0 triumph over Houston.

The righthander has won his last six starts, yielding just two runs and striking out 54 in 50 2/3 innings over that stretch. Carpenter is tied for the major league lead in wins with Jon Garland of the Chicago White Sox, who also is slated to start Friday.

In six lifetime starts against the Cubs, Carpenter is 5-1 with a 3.35 ERA. Included in that stretch is an outing here April 21, when he allowed seven hits in a complete-game 4-0 win.

The Cardinals have lost two of their last three following a five-game winning streak. Albert Pujols had three hits and Mike Mahoney drove in three runs Thursday in a 12-7 setback to Milwaukee.

Chicago will hand the ball to Carlos Zambrano (7-4, 3.60), who will be trying to win his fourth straight decision. The righthander yielded just an unearned run and five hits in eight innings of Sunday's 8-2 victory over Pittsburgh. The Cubs lost their second straight game Thursday, dropping a 9-6 decision to Cincinnati.

Derrek Lee had just one hit in five at-bats but still leads the NL in all three Triple Crown categories.

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Gameday Matchup

 ChicagoSt. Louis
W-L79-83100-62
Night38-3967-36
Grass79-8396-60
Current StreakL2W3
Last 105-55-5

Pitching Matchup

ChicagoSt. Louis
C. Zambrano
14-6, 3.26 ERA

Last Game:
9/30 at HOU
7.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = ND
C. Carpenter
21-5, 2.83 ERA

Last Game:
9/28 vs HOU
6.0 IP, 5 ER
Dec = ND

Gameday Lineups

NO.ChicagoSt. Louis
1. J. Hairston Jr., CF D. Eckstein, SS
2. T. Walker, 2B J. Rodriguez, LF
3. D. Lee, 1B A. Pujols, 1B
4. J. Burnitz, RF J. Edmonds, CF
5. A. Ramirez, 3B L. Walker, RF
6. T. Hollandsworth, LF M. Grudzielanek, 2B
7. N. Perez, SS A. Nunez, 3B
8. M. Barrett, C M. Mahoney, C
9. C. Zambrano, P C. Carpenter, P