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"I just tried to go out there and make a nice debut and get aggressive," Jackson said. "Hat's off to everyone."
The Cardinals have won their last five games against the Cubs. The last time they won five straight over Chicago was in 2000. The loss sank the Cubs, losers of four straight, to 22 games below .500, their low-water mark of the season.
Pujols led off the fourth inning with a double. After Matt Holliday singled, Freese hit a three-run homer into the left-center field bleachers off Matt Garza (4-8) for a 3-1 lead.
"They beat me on one pitch. That's all it was," Garza said. "I felt like I had good stuff. He guessed right. You tip your cap. Chalk it up as one of those days and get ready for the next five days."
St. Louis added its last three runs in the eighth. The final one came on Pujols' double.
Kyle McClellan made his first appearance since being dropped from the starting rotation with the addition of Jackson. He got one out in the eighth, facing four batters and giving up a run to make it 6-2.
In the first inning, Pujols hit into his major league-leading 23rd double play. It was the 113th double play hit into by the Cardinals, who lead the majors.
NOTES: St. Louis native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry, celebrating his 84th birthday, threw out the first pitch to infielder Tyler Greene, who was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Memphis. Berry was wearing a Cardinals jersey with No. 84 on the back with the words "Father of Rock and Roll" on it. Berry tunes played between each inning. Earlier in the day, a life-sized statue of Berry was unveiled in suburban University City. ... The Cardinals placed infielder Nick Punto on the 15-day disabled list with a strained his left oblique muscle. ... Cubs left-handed reliever James Russell pitched one-third of an inning to give him to 14 scoreless innings this year.
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