Assad and 4 relievers blank St. Louis and stop 8-game winning streak

Javier Assad pitched four shutout innings in his major league debut and combined with four relievers in a five-hit feat as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Tuesday in the first game of a double billboard.

Michael Rucker (3-1), Sean Newcomb, Erich Uelmen and Brandon Hughes gave up just one hit in the last five innings to snap the NL Central-leading Cardinals’ eight-game winning streak.

It was the best string that San Luis had mounted this season. Hughes earned his third save.

Nico Hoerner and Seiya Suzuki drove in runs off starter Adam Wainwright in the third inning Rookie Christopher Morel had a pair of hits for the Cubs, who have won six of eight games.

Chicago kept Dominican Albert Pujols under control. The hot 42-year-old veteran went 1-for-4 with a double after hitting .548 (17-for-33) with seven homers in his previous 10 games.

Assad, a 25-year-old Mexican, was drafted from Triple-A Iowa before the game. The right-hander allowed four hits, issued four walks and prescribed three strikeouts.

Wainwright (9-9) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.

For the Cardinals, Dominican Pujols 4-1. Puerto Rican Yadier Molina 4-0.

For the Cubs, the Dominicans Franmil Reyes 4-1, Christopher Morel 3-2 with a run scored. The Venezuelan Rafael Ortega 2-0.

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