"The whole day, they were swinging better than we were and they had better pitches to hit. It turned out to be not much of a contest."
The Cardinals, who have scored just one run in three of their last four games, will have a day off on Monday before starting a three-game series in Philadelphia. In Game 2 of that series, left-hander Mark Mulder, who has had two shoulder surgeries in the last two years, will get his first start of the season.
At 50-40, the Cardinals dipped to third place, percentage points behind Milwaukee, and 3-1/2 games behind National League Central Division-leading Chicago.
CUBS 7, CARDINALS 1: All-Star OF Ryan Ludwick's sixth-inning home run was the only breakthrough against Chicago LHP Sean Marshall and three successors.
C Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning single. But each of three Cardinals relievers allowed at least one run to let the game get out of hand.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--OF Brian Barton (bruised right wrist) was placed on the 15-day disabled list and OF Joe Mather, who had 16 homers at Class AAA Memphis, was recalled. Also, SS Cesar Izturis (strained hamstring) was taken off the disabled list and the Cardinals dropped down to 12 pitchers by sending RHP Mitchell Boggs to Memphis.
--RHP Todd Wellemeyer, a stalwart earlier this season, has given up 33 hits over 18 1/3 innings in his last four starts.
--3B Troy Glaus went nothing for four and is hitless in 24 at-bats against the Cubs this season.
--Cardinals pitchers did not allow a walk, the eighth time they have done that this season.
--2B Adam Kennedy, who had two hits as a reserve, is batting .405 (17 for 42) over his last 12 games. He has hit safely in 11 of those games.
BY THE NUMBERS: 300 -- Number of homers for 1B Albert Pujols after he hit his 18th on July 4. Pujols, at 28, was the fifth fastest in history to get to 300.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I definitely believe after what he said we should respect it and just ignore him." -- Manager Tony La Russa, on CF Jim Edmonds' return to Busch Stadium as a Chicago Cub. La Russa was disappointed in some things he thought Edmonds said as Edmonds tried to stress he was a Cub now, and not a Cardinal.