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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Westbrook worked seven innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals finally backed him — and then some — by tying a 76-year-old major league record with seven doubles in a 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.
Rafael Furcal’s go-ahead single in the seventh turned out to be a mere appetizer as the Cardinals also matched an 86-year-old franchise record for runs in an inning. St. Louis totaled 10 hits with multiple hits by three players including pinch-hitter Allen Craig, who doubled twice with an RBI.
The Cardinals tied the major record for doubles in an inning by the Boston Bees at St. Louis in the first inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader on Aug. 25, 1936.
They tied the franchise record for runs in an inning set in 1926 against the Phillies, in the third inning of the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia.
Cubs starter Matt Garza was taken out after working three scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals with cramping in his right triceps, an injury that wasn’t obvious and prompted speculation that he had been traded.
The Cubs didn’t reveal the injury until the bottom of the sixth, adding that X-rays were negative. Justin Germano got unlimited warmups, indicating he was entering the game because of an injury or ejection, when he replaced Garza in a 0-0 game Saturday night.
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