Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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The St. Louis Cardinals have emerged from their recent struggles with their second-longest win streak of the season. They'll look to match their longest by taking advantage of a seemingly favorable pitching matchup. Jake Westbrook tries to continue his success against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night while the Cardinals attempt to add to Edwin Jackson's recent woes against them. The Cardinals (55-34) had dropped eight of 11 as their three-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central turned into a two-game deficit. Matchups with two of the worst teams in baseball helped them change their fortunes, and they held on for a fifth consecutive victory in Wednesday's series finale against Houston. Matt Carpenter put his team ahead for good with a two-run homer in a 5-4 win as St. Louis stayed 1 12 games in front of the Pirates. Carpenter has batted .360 with 14 extra-base hits - four homers - and 17 RBIs in his last 18 games. "This is a huge five-game stretch for us to...
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