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Updated: May 15, 2014 10:02PM

ST. LOUIS — In the end, there wasn’t much satisfaction in the Cubs’ latest visit to Busch Stadium.

Despite outhitting St. Louis 8-6 Thursday, they lost yet another game, 5-3.

And despite outscoring the Cardinals 23-14 over four days (including one rainout) here, the Cubs lost yet another series, two games to one.

They remain stuck on a grand total of one series victory since last Sept. 9-11. This endlessly struggling team now is 2-9 since a three-game winning streak ended May 3 and, at 13-26 overall, has matched the club’s worst record after 39 games in a dozen years.

The Cubs also fell to 3-16 in games decided by two runs or less.

Jason Hammel got the start and, for the first time in eight outings as a Cub, failed to deliver a quality start. He allowed five earned runs in 5.1 innings, with the Cardinals jumping on him for four runs in the third.

A two-run homer by Starlin Castro made it 4-2 in the fourth. Castro scored his 300th career run on the play and wound up with his seventh three-hit game of the season, matching his total from 2013.

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (3-3) went seven strong innings for the victory.

The Cubs open a series Friday against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field.


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