Fowler, Haren pace Cubs in 9-0 rout of Cardinals

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Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs rounds second base after hitting a solo homer in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 7, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS  — Dexter Fowler had a leadoff home run and two-run double the first two innings and Dan Haren worked seven innings for the Chicago Cubs, who whipped the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 on Monday.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh, which lost 3-1 to Cincinnati. The Cubs are 7 1/2 games back.

Addison Russell’s three-run homer capped a five-run third that made it 8-0. The Cubs have won four in a row and got an 11-game trip off to a rocking start.

Haren (9-9) had five strikeouts and two walks. He contributed a single and sacrifice fly in Chicago’s second victory in eight games in St. Louis this season.

Lance Lynn (11-9) surrendered six runs in 2 1-3 innings on nine days rest after getting extra time to recover from a sprained ankle in his last start.