The Cardinals would come out early and get a run in the first as Andy Van Slyke singles home Tommy Herr. The Cubs would answer right back with 2 in the bottom half. Keith Moreland and Leon Durham with RBI. Cardinals would bust out in the 3rd with 4 big runs. Van Slyke would double home 2 and Terry Pendleton would drive home 2 more with a clutch single.
With the score 5-2, Cox went into cruise control, only allowing 2 more hits the rest of the way. The complete game win gives the Cardinals a commanding 3-0 lead heading into Game 4. Cubs not winning one of the two close games in St. Louis costing them now.
Final Score: Cardinals 6, Cubs 2
WP: Danny Cox (1-0)
LP: Rick Sutcliffe (0-1)