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The St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright enjoyed his best outing of the season last week, but that wasn't enough to give him his first win since returning from Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander will get another chance Tuesday night when the Cardinals continue their lengthy stretch against NL Central foes in the opener a three-game series with the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wainwright (0-3, 7.32 ERA) won a career-high 20 games in 2010 and 64 over a four-season stretch before needing to replace an elbow ligament in his throwing arm. The initial returns on his comeback weren't good as Wainwright posted a 9.88 ERA through his first three starts.

He's also received zero runs of support, though, an issue that kept the Cardinals (14-8) from taking advantage of his strong fourth outing last Tuesday in Chicago. Wainwright gave up one run, one walk and six hits over six innings while striking out a season-high seven in a 3-2, 10-inning loss.

"Each time out there have been little things that I've done better and better," Wainwright said. "Tonight there were certainly things that I did like I expect to do, like I used to do, and like I'm going to continue to do them. There are still ways that I can get a lot better."

Wainwright had a four-start win streak against the Pirates snapped during his most recent matchup Aug. 24, 2010. Pittsburgh (10-12) heads into this series having alternated losses and wins over its last 10 contests, beginning with a home series against St. Louis.

The Pirates, who lost two of three in that set, scored more than five runs for the first time this season in Monday's 9-3 win at Atlanta. That was the longest streak since the 1972 Milwaukee Brewers went a major league-worst 31 games into the season without scoring at least six.

Yamaico Navarro hit his second career homer and matched a personal best with three RBIs, while Pedro Alvarez added his third home run in the last six games.

While the Pirates try to build on their best offensive effort, Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.65) hopes to produce another strong outing. The right-hander earned his first win Wednesday against Colorado by allowing one run over seven innings.

"He has been counter-punching good," manager Clint Hurdle told the team's website. "These guys know, based on video they see, what he's been doing. So he has been running the four-seam cutter in, then backing it up with his breaking ball. And his breaking ball has been very effective."

Morton gave up two runs and four hits over five innings during a 4-1 loss April 20, his third straight defeat against St. Louis. He's 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA in four career starts at Busch Stadium, allowing 39 baserunners in 17 2-3 innings.

Morton let 11 Cardinals reach and gave up five runs over 4 1-3 innings in an 8-4 loss there Aug. 25.

Skip Schumaker had an RBI single in that game and has collected more hits off Morton than any major leaguer with 10 in 23 at-bats. Allen Craig is 6 for 9 against the right-hander and might be activated from the disabled list Tuesday to make his 2012 debut following offseason knee surgery.

The Cardinals have played all but one game against NL Central teams and will visit Houston this weekend before traveling to Arizona on Monday.

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Probable Starters

Charlie Morton, RHP
2012 stats
21.1 Innings Pitched 26.2
1-2 Wins-Losses 1-3
4.22 Earned Run Average 6.75
6 Walks 6
15 Strikeouts 27
0.0 Pitches Per Start 0.0
Career vs. opponent
54.0 Innings Pitched 92.0
2-7 Wins-Losses 8-3
6.17 Earned Run Average 4.79

Adam Wainwright, RHP
Weather
weather image  Tstorms early. Clearing skies. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
83°F61°F11mph/S64%58%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Pittsburgh3rd NL Central1822.4508 ½ 4-6 L 2
St. Louis1st NL Central2714.659-5-5 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Adam Wainwright
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Tabata63010.500
McCutchen156012.400
McLouth135033.385
Correia31001.333
Walker62010.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Charlie Morton
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Lynn21001.500
Schumaker2310023.435
Beltran73021.429
Molina156001.400
Furcal62021.333
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Pittsburgh 175 St. Louis -185
Injuries
Pittsburgh
PlayerInjury
B. CumptonElbow
A. LamboFoot
C. MortonHip
J. SellersAchilles
St. Louis
PlayerInjury
J. JayWrist
T. PhamQuadriceps
A. WainwrightAchilles, ankle
J. WaldenShoulder
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 22KC 8:10 PM EDT  
May 23KC 7:15 PM EDT  
May 24KC 2:10 PM EDT  
Jun 12STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Jun 13STL 4:15 PM EDT  
Jun 14STL 2:15 PM EDT