Dempster's 33-inning scoreless streak ends

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Associated Press

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 8:30 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster's 33-inning scoreless streak ended when he allowed three runs in the first inning against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals hit four straight singles in a span of six pitches with one out against the right-hander, who entered Friday night's game leading the major leagues with a 1.86 ERA. Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina each had an RBI single and Lance Berkman drove in a run with a groundout.

Dempster's streak was the majors' longest since the Phillies' Cliff Lee had a 34-inning run last year. It was the Cubs' longest since Ken Holtzman also had a 33-inning streak in 1969.

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