Carlos Martinez gets 2 hits, Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 13: Magneuris Sierra #43 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI single against the Chicago Cubs in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on May 13, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Players are wearing pink to celebrate Mother's Day weekend and support breast cancer awareness. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS _ Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez had two hits and an RBI, Tommy Pham kept up his strong start to the season and St. Louis beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Saturday.

In a rematch of the season opener, Martinez (3-3) again topped Jon Lester (1-2). Martinez allowed three runs, five hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven.

Top Cubs prospect Ian Happ homered off Martinez in the seventh for his first hit in his major league debut.

Martinez scored Pham on a squeeze bunt in the third inning. Lester tried to field the ball and flip it home, but the attempt came up short while Martinez took second with nobody covering.

Pham had two hits, two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base. The outfielder is batting .387 with seven extra-base hits in eight games since being recalled from Triple-A this month.

Seung Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, giving up a two-out single before picking up his 10th save in 11 opportunities.

By WARREN MAYES
Associated Press