Carlos Martinez: Martinez yields three runs in 6 2/3 frames

Eddie Butler throws during a bullpen session at spring training

The Chicago Cubs were looking for a catalyst to get them back on track and found what they needed in their battery.

A day after calling up starting pitcher Eddie Butler to make his Cubs debut in St. Louis, Chicago promoted infielder/outfielder Ian Happ for his major league debut. Martinez threw to second for the force out, and Happ's slide prevented the throw to first to complete the double play.

Happ also was involved in another play that had everybody in the Cubs clubhouse talking, and in not-so-nice ways. The Cubs hope he can jump-start an otherwise stagnant start to the season.

In addition to his bat, Happ will give the Cubs a lot of versatility on defence. He ripped a one-out homer off Mike Leake (4-2) in the second that went 391 feet to the seats in right field, exiting the bat at 109.5 miles per hour.

Before that, the Cardinals had put together a couple runs in the fourth, but had been nearly silent since offensively. He went 1 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, and two earned runs. Leake had only surrendered one home run in his six previous starts. They played without NL MVP Kris Bryant, who was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus. Since dominating the Cardinals, in the second game of the year, Arrieta has scuffled to a 4-2 record, with a 5.35 ERA.

His RBI single in the fourth inning followed a homer by Jedd Gyorko, his seventh of the season, which gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. The Cardinals mounted a ninth inning comeback against Cubs closer Wade Davis. The outfielder is batting.387 with seven extra-base hits in eight games since being recalled from Triple-A this month.

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But Wong wouldn't get past second as pinch hitter Matt Adams struck out to end the game.

Cardinals starter Mike Leake continued to pitch well, but was victim to Contreras's homers.

Butler made five minor league starts in 2017, his first season in Chicago's organization. The infield now looks completely different as it's Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella, Jeimer Candelario and Anthony Rizzo in the lineup today.

Lester is, of course, not the only player who feels this way. Saturday will be the 21-year-old's fifth start of the season after being called up from advanced Single-A Palm Beach last week. The teams had a quick turnaround after they played 17 innings Friday night, with the Giants winning 3-2 on Buster Posey's game-ending homer.

RAYS 5, RED SOX 4: In Boston, Alex Cobb took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning before tiring and Evan Longoria hit a homer over the Green Monster completely out of Fenway Park as Tampa Bay Rays held off Boston.



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