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ST. Jackson Martinez Jersey . LOUIS -- When it comes to being a hitter, St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha would rather talk about his pitching. Wacha threw seven innings and drove in two runs with a single, helping the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory Thursday over the Chicago Cubs. The 6-foot-6 Wacha (3-3) had lost his last three decisions since an April 13 win over the Cubs. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed seven hits, including a homer, but did not walk a batter. He struck out five. "I was able to pound the strike zone down in the zone and it was pretty effective," Wacha said. "I kept them off-balance, which means its a pretty good day. Its definitely nice to go deep into a ballgame and get a win. It definitely gets your confidence going in the next start thats for sure." Trevor Rosenthal pitched 1 2-3 innings for his 11th save. Rosenthal, who blew a save Tuesday, inherited a one-out, bases-loaded situation and gave up a sacrifice fly, but closed out the inning and retired the side in the ninth. The Cubs have lost nine of their last 11 and are off to the worst start in 39 games (13-26) since 2002. Jason Hammel (4-2) gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings, raising his ERA to 3.06. Hammel had six strikeouts. St. Louis scored four runs in the second inning on Wachas two-run single in between a run-scoring groundout by Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenters RBI double. It was Wachas first hit and RBIs of the season. "Its nice to finally have a batting average," Wacha said. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny noted it was a timely hit. "Mike was good and obviously getting that hit there to drive in a couple runs it was kind of a huge boost to us at that point," Matheny said. With two outs, Hammel might have escaped with little damage but he had to throw a strike on a 3-2 count to Wacha and the bases loaded. "I got behind Wacha with two wild ones," Hammel said. "I came in with a fastball and he hit it." Chicago got two runs back in the fourth on a home run just inside the left-field foul pole by Starlin Castro. He drove in No. 3 hitter Anthony Rizzo, who beat the St. Louis shift to the right side with his second bunt to the left side in two at-bats. Rizzo has three career bunt singles with the Cubs with one coming in his previous 285 games. "If theyre going to give me that, I might as well take it," Rizzo said. "We were able to cash in once. I almost make them pay twice for it. Wacha is a great pitcher but you get him on the stretch and try to get him off his game a little bit. "You know if teams are going to give me that, for the most part, Im going to take it every time." When Rizzo came to bat in the fifth and seventh, St. Louis did not shift. "Rizzo took advantage of the shift until they changed their defence on him," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. "That led to our first two runs when Starlin drove the ball out of the ballpark. Hes really looking at the game from a lot of different angles. Think about it, youre down four runs and a solo home run is not going to do a whole lot for you." The Cardinals made it 5-2 when Molina lined a 3-2 pitch just inside the line in left for a one-out RBI single. Junior Lake hit a sacrifice fly for a run in the eighth, but Rosenthal got out the jam. St. Louis lost a challenge in the third when Matt Holliday was called out on a close play at first after hitting a grounder to shortstop. The time of the review was 2 minutes, 54 seconds. NOTES: Missouris new basketball coach Kim Anderson threw out the first pitch. "It was an honour to throw the first ball out," he said. "I was nervous out there, but its something I will never forget." ... The Cardinals announced the time for making up Wednesdays game with the Cubs that was rained out. It will be played at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 30 as part of a split doubleheader. The second game will start at 7:15 p.m. instead of 6:15 p.m. ... The Cardinals recalled 2B Kolten Wong on Wednesday from Triple-A Memphis and optioned infielder Greg Garcia back to the club. Wong was optioned April 27 after hitting .225 in 20 games. He hit .344 in 10 games at Memphis. He was not in the starting lineup as he was still battling the effects of a stomach virus. Diego Costa Jersey . Cleveland has won the first two of this set and has won six straight games since losing back-to-back tilts to open the year. Seattle, on the other hand, has now lost six in a row following consecutive wins to kick off its campaign. Kevin Gameiro Jersey . While the pair of Spain internationals return, midfielder Xavi Hernandez will not be included in the squad after failing to recover from a muscle strain to his left leg.DETROIT - For weeks, Detroit fans could only wonder how tough the Lions might be if they had a chance to play the fourth quarter with a comfortable lead.In a Thanksgiving victory over Chicago, the Lions finally enjoyed that feeling.With Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the rest of the offence showing some long-overdue signs of life, Detroit beat the Bears 34-17 on Thursday, and sure enough, once the Lions took the lead in the second quarter, their defence never looked all that likely to give it up. Detroits top-ranked run defence held Chicago to 13 yards on the ground, and the Lions sacked Jay Cutler three times.I think we, as the players and coaches, kind of got a feel for what they were doing, we just reacted a little bit quicker, Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy said. We kind of got a feel for what they were doing and adjusted accordingly.The Bears have one of the leagues top running backs in Matt Forte, and they barely even tried to establish any sort of ground game. Forte finished with 6 yards on five carries.With no real running threat to worry about, the Lions could focus on Cutler, and although the Bears had mild success with screens and short passes early on to counteract Detroits pass rush, it was hard for Chicago to accomplish much throwing deep.When you have a player like Forte, I think he only had like five or six carries, Levy said. I think something has to be said for our defence.Detroits previous three victories all came in the final minutes, with the offence needing to come from behind. The defence was crucial in those games too, preventing deficits from becoming insurmountable.Thursday was different. The Lions ledd by double digits for almost the entire final quarter, putting the pressure squarely on Chicago. Stefan Savic Jersey. Detroits ability to stop the run does not guarantee anything. With passing numbers becoming more prolific seemingly every year in the NFL, opponents dont necessarily need to run the ball to win.The New England Patriots hardly ran at all in the first half against Detroit last weekend, and Tom Bradys passing ability was enough to put them on the path to a 34-9 victory. The Lions still have another game remaining against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay. That matchup — in the final week of the regular season — will be quite a test for Detroits defence.But until then, the schedule is favourable. The Lions host Tampa Bay and Minnesota before a trip to Chicago for a rematch against the Bears.Next weeks a new week. We know that trap, weve fallen into it, centre Dominic Raiola said. Its a work in progress. Were gonna keep the pressure on ourselves and keep the pedal down. Enjoy this one but come back Monday, its a brand new week and a brand new challenge.It was Stafford — and to some degree, Johnson — who dealt with criticism as Detroits offence struggled to meet expectations, but both players were very good Thursday against Chicago. In a way, it was exactly what the rest of the league should fear: Detroits offence finally gave its defence a sizeable lead to protect.Its something to build off of, Stafford said. Just being consistent with it, not having a bad quarter — maybe a bad series here, one or two, but making sure that we were playing well in every quarter.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ;Stitched Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys WholesaleCheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys ' ' '