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Andy gets best of Alan in lopsided Cards win
ST. LOUIS -- This sibling rivalry was no contest.
Andy Benes came within one out of a shutout and contributed to younger brother Alan's early exit with two hits during an 11-run third inning as the Cardinals beat Chicago 11-2 Friday night.
"We were hoping for a 1-0 game," Andy Benes said. "I'll tell you what, the third inning just killed me watching it and I had to kind of regroup.
"He's my younger brother and I'm his second-biggest fan behind his wife and it's gut-wrenching."
The Benes vs. Benes matchup was believed to be only the seventh time in major league history that brothers have faced each other. It was the first time since Ramon Martinez beat younger sibling Pedro Martinez on Aug. 29, 1996.
Charles Benes watched his sons from a box seat midway between the two dugouts, alternately wearing a Cubs and Cardinals cap. Earlier this season, the Benes brothers opposed each other in a minor league game while both were on the comeback trail.
"I'd probably rather come to the game and not talk about facing my brother," Alan Benes said. "I've never been one to love the media attention."
The NL Central-leading Cardinals won their third in a row and ended the Cubs' three-game winning streak.
Albert Pujols had four RBIs in the Cardinals' big inning with a two-run single and a two-run double. But he was taken out with a spasm in his upper left shoulder after he limped to second on his double.
Pujols, who recovered this week from a groin injury, said he felt the spasm down to his thighs and didn't know whether he'd be able to play on Saturday.
"I guess things aren't going my way right now," Pujols said. "This is not the time to get hurt."
Cardinals outfielder J.D. Drew also left early was removed in the top of the second with tightness in his left quadriceps. Drew was due for a day off on Saturday with the Cardinals facing a left-hander.
Facing his brother was a breeze at times for Andy Benes (5-4), who continued his strong second-half comeback by pitching an eight-hitter.