The good: The Cubs backed starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano with a 13-hit attack. Zambrano kept his team in the game, going seven innings and allowing four runs.
The bad: All 13 hits were singles and the Cubs left 11 men on base. Poor execution on cutoff plays led to the fifth and sixth Cardinals runs.
Beyond the box score: Geovany Soto may go on the disabled list with a left groin strain. Cubs manager Mike Quade said he would name a starting pitcher for Saturday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.