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Cardinals first M.Carpenter flied out. Beltran singled. Craig walked on four pitches, Beltran to second. Holliday singled, Beltran scored, Craig to third. Freese hit a sacrifice fly, Craig scored. Holliday stole second. Jay singled, Holliday scored. Three runs. Cardinals 3, Cubs 0.

Cubs third Barney grounded out. E.Jackson grounded out. DeJesus walked on a full count. Lake safe at second on Holliday’s error, DeJesus scored. One run. Cardinals 3, Cubs 1.

Cardinals third M.Carpenter doubled. On Castillo’s passed ball, M.Carpenter to third. Beltran grounded out. Craig walked. Holliday walked on a full count, Craig to second. Freese grounded out, M.Carpenter scored, Craig to third, Holliday to second. One run. Cardinals 4, Cubs 1.

Cubs fourth Castillo walked on a full count. Schierholtz flied out. Do.Murphy flied out. St.Castro singled, Castillo to third. Barney infield single, Castillo scored, St.Castro to second. One run. Cardinals 4, Cubs 2.

Cubs sixth Castillo singled. Schierholtz struck out. Do.Murphy singled, Castillo to second. Maness pitching. St.Castro singled, Castillo scored, Do.Murphy to second. Barney singled, Do.Murphy scored, St.Castro to second. Two runs. Cubs 4, Cardinals 4.

Cardinals sixth B.Parker pitching. Freese flied out. Jay grounded out. T.Cruz doubled. Kozma singled, T.Cruz scored. One run. Cardinals 5, Cubs 4.

Cardinals seventh Ma.Adams flied out. H.Rondon pitching. Craig singled. Holliday singled, Craig to second. On H.Rondon’s wild pitch, Craig to third, Holliday to second. Freese walked on a full count. Jay hit a sacrifice fly, Craig scored. One run. Cardinals 6, Cubs 4.

Cardinals eighth Bowden pitching. Kozma fouled out. Descalso singled. M.Carpenter doubled, Descalso scored. Ma.Adams walked. Ma.Adams was caught stealing. Craig doubled, M.Carpenter scored. Two runs. Cardinals 8, Cubs 4.

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Updated: August 11, 2013 9:20PM

ST. LOUIS — The Cubs didn’t have enough firepower to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, but by winning a series that got personal as soon as they got to town, they left knowing they at least sent a message to their rivals.

The Cardinals’ decision to push ace Adam Wainwright’s start Saturday to Tuesday against the first-place Pirates hit a nerve with the fourth-place Cubs.

“Obviously, we knew what happened,” second baseman Darwin Barney said Saturday after delivering one of his two game-tying hits in the last two days. “It wasn’t not talked about. Let’s say that.”

And it’s not likely to be forgotten by the Cubs, who have played the Cardinals almost even this season (6-7). The teams will begin a three-game series Friday at Wrigley Field, and they’ll finish the season with a three-game series in St. Louis that could have playoff implications.

“You take anything like that personal,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Obviously, they’re doing what they need to be doing, being in the pennant race and all that. But the guys that are out in that locker room take it to heart that they’re kind of saying we’re not a very good team. It’s the competitive nature of anybody to take that to heart.”

Despite losing 8-4 on Sunday, the Cubs headed home with their first series win in St. Louis in three years.

It remains to be seen what the Cubs can do with that kind of emotion and whether it’s something for the younger guys to remember as they work toward competing with the Cardinals for division titles.

“We’re trying to prove we’re a better team than our record shows,” Barney said.

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