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Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 2, Cubs 1

ST. LOUIS -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday:

How it happened: The Cubs' Rodrigo Lopez pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits and left the game with a 1-0 lead. The Cubs put a run on the board early off Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse when Alfonso Soriano drove in Darwin Barney with a two-out RBI single in the first inning. It was Soriano's 85th RBI as he continues to add to his top RBI season as a Cub. The Cubs turned the game over to Carlos Marmol in the ninth with a 1-0 lead, but the closer struggled with his command, allowing a base hit to Matt Holliday before walking three batters to tie the game. St. Louis won the game when Marmol threw a wild pitch past Geovany Soto, bringing the winning run home.

What it means: The Cubs are 70-88 after 158 games. In 2010 they were 72-86 at that point.

Outside the box: Aramis Ramirez says the Cubs need better starting pitching to to win in the future.

Next: Randy Wells (7-5, 5.09) takes on the Cardinals' Edwin Jackson (5-3, 3.73) in the series finale at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.