St. Louis Cardinals defeat Chicago Cubs, 8-3

CHICAGO - A sliver of season grew into a slice, and a slice has grown into a wedge.

Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field the Cardinals played their 88th game, and played it well, which is to say they played it a lot better than the Chicago Cubs.

While the two-time defending division champions played as if they couldn't wait for the All-Star break, the Cardinals showed the urgency of a team still hungry after devouring a chunk of difficult-to-digest season.

With an 8-...