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CHICAGO -- Adam Wainwright got his groove back on Sunday, allowing one run on five hits in seven efficient innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 in Sunday's series finale.

Wainwright (14-7) picked up his first win in five starts and beat the Cubs for the first time since 2010.

The 32-year-old right-hander walked one and struck out 11 -- one short of matching his season high -- as St. Louis took two of three from Chicago at Wrigley Field.

Jon Jay went 2-for-3, doubled home one run and added a three-run homer in the seventh inning while Matt Carpenter went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs with a second-inning single.

Wainwright, the National League pitcher of the month for June, won his first game since July 21 against San Diego and stayed perfect (6-0) in 16 career appearances in Chicago.

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (7-13) pitched six innings and allowed one earned run on six hits, walked four and struck out three.

The Cardinals scored three runs in the second. Yadier Molina, who reached on a one-out double, came home on Jay's two-base hit.

Kolten Wong then sent a long fly to center and reached second on Junior Lake's error while Jay moved to third. Daniel Descalso was intentionally walked to load the bases.

After Wainwright flew out to short left, Carpenter bounced a single up the middle to score Jay and Wong for a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs scored once in the sixth when David DeJesus walked with one out and came home on Lake's single to center. Wainwright struck out Anthony Rizzo to escape the inning.

Chicago reliever Carlos Villanueva relieved Jackson in the seventh but lasted one-third of an inning. He walked Allen Craig and gave up a one-out double to Molina.

Jay then clubbed his sixth home run of the season off left-hander reliever James Russell for a 6-1 lead.

After giving up back-to-back base hits in the seventh Wainwright worked out of a jam striking out Donnie Murphy, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum and Russell were both ejected after arguing the third strike call on Murphy.

In the eight, Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist walked DeJesus and gave up a single to Lake. But Rizzo flew out to left and Holliday fired a perfect strike to Molina to tag DeJesus for an inning-ending double play.

Right-hander Trevor Rosenthal walked two Cubs batters with two out in the ninth but Barney flew out to center to end the game.

Castro was back in the lineup following a mental miscue in Saturday's 7-0 loss that led Sveum to yank him. Castro apologized for failing to pay attention after catching a popup in short left field, allowing the Cardinals to score.

NOTES: Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.29 ERA) makes his team-leading 26th start of the season Monday when the Cubs open a four-game home series with Washington. ... Chicago left-hander Travis Wood needs seven strikeouts to hit 400 for his career. He's scheduled to pitch again on Thursday against the Nationals. ... The Cubs and Cardinals wrapped up the Wrigley Field part of their season series. The teams will play a final three-game set on Sept. 27-29 to end the regular season. ... The Cardinals finished 5-4 at Wrigley Field for 2013 and have a 3-4 mark at Busch Stadium. ... St. Louis captured two of three from the Cubs for their second consecutive series win, something they haven't done since winning two series after the All-Star break. ... Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he'll stick with starter Jake Westbrook despite allowing 29 hits and 24 earned runs in his last 21 3/4 innings. Westbrook is scheduled to start on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
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