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Ryan Dempster sees scoreless streak end in loss to Cards

Matt Holliday, Ryan Dempster

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) regroups as St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Holliday circlers the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 20, 2012 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)


With trade rumors swirling, Ryan Dempster gave up three runs in the first and four overall Friday in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Cardinals.

The early outburst ended his scoreless streak at 33 innings.

The Cubs were close enough to a deal that they had Justin Germano and Casey Coleman ready to be added to the roster tonight in case Dempster was traded before the game. Since nothing could be completed, negotiations could linger into next week. Still, it seems likely that Dempster has now made his final start for the Cubs.

The Dodgers and Red Sox are among those to have made bids for Dempster. There’s even been some thought the Cardinals could acquire him, though that seems unlikely.

Despite giving up four runs in six innings tonight, Dempster’s ERA stands at a National League-best 2.11. However, due to poor run and bullpen support, is win-loss record is 5-4.