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Friday, June 3, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Cubs 1

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 6-1 series-opening loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at Busch Stadium.

The good: Left fielder Luis Montanez had the Cubs’ first hit and RBI of the game in the fifth inning. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia had retired 13 straight before walking Carlos Pena that inning. Pena then scored on Montanez’s double. Rookie D.J. LeMahieu recorded his first major league hit on an infield single in the eighth inning.

The bad: Cardinals sluggers took advantage of right-hander Ryan Dempster as both Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols went deep. Pujols has five home runs in his last 10 at-bats against Dempster, going back to 2010.

Beyond the box score: Cubs right-hander Matt Garza threw a solid bullpen session on Friday and will most likely come off the disabled list and pitch on Monday in Cincinnati.

Up next: Randy Wells (1-1) takes on the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse (7-2) on Saturday afternoon.