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St. Louis at Milwaukee

Venue: Miller Park
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While Adam Wainwright has had plenty of success against the Milwaukee Brewers, Yovani Gallardo hasn't been able to figure out why the St. Louis Cardinals give him so much trouble.

St. Louis seeks a fifth straight win Saturday while sending host Milwaukee to a fourth consecutive defeat.

Wainwright (4-2, 2.03 ERA) has gotten off to a solid start, striking out 43 while walking only three in 44 1-3 innings. He pitched well Monday but had his four-start winning streak come to an end, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati.

"It was a tough game to lose," Wainwright told the team's official website. "Sometimes you have to match up zeros with someone who is throwing great, and I didn't match zeros."

Wainwright put up plenty of zeros in his best outing of the season April 13, tossing a four-hitter and striking out a career high-tying 12 while also going 3 for 3 with two RBIs in an 8-0 win over Milwaukee.

Two of Wainwright's five career shutouts have coming against the Brewers.

"It's always fun to pitch a complete-game shutout," Wainwright said. "I've done it against the Brewers a couple times now. I don't know what it is about that team. I think they make me focus more, because they have guys that are really dangerous."

The right-hander is 9-6 with a 2.00 ERA in 18 career starts versus Milwaukee, with four of his 12 career complete games coming against the Brewers. He's gone the distance the last two times he's faced them, allowing five hits in a 6-1 victory Aug. 4.

Ryan Braun is 9 for 49 (.184) with 13 strikeouts lifetime off Wainwright, but he's batting .423 during a six-game hitting streak after going 2 for 4 in Milwaukee's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals (18-11) on Friday.

Aramis Ramirez went 2 for 3 in his return after missing four weeks with a sprained left knee, but the Brewers (14-14) have dropped the first two of this four-game series and eight of the last 11 meetings with St. Louis.

Matt Holliday went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran also homered Friday for the Cardinals. Holliday has three home runs while Beltran is 6 for 15 lifetime off Gallardo, who is pitching well of late but hasn't had any success against St. Louis recently.

Gallardo (3-1, 4.25) had a 6.61 ERA over his first three starts, including allowing six runs in 5 1-3 innings while opposing Wainwright last month. He's won his last three outings, though, posting a 2.29 ERA after giving up two runs - one earned - in seven innings of a 10-4 win over Pittsburgh on Monday. He also hit his second homer of the season.

"Glad he went the length that he did," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's official website. "He struggled with his command early, then he got the rhythm and started throwing strikes, and finished, I thought, outstanding."

The right-hander has been anything but versus the Cardinals, though. Gallardo is 0-7 with a 9.56 ERA in his last eight starts - including a Game 3 loss in the 2011 NLCS - and 1-11 with a 6.86 ERA in 16 career outings against St. Louis.

"I know I haven't had very many good ones against them, and it's frustrating," Gallardo said. "There always seems to be something."

St. Louis found out Friday that closer Jason Motte won't pitch this season and will have Tommy John surgery next week.

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Probable Starters

Adam Wainwright, RHP
2013 stats
44.1 Innings Pitched 36.0
4-2 Wins-Losses 3-1
2.03 Earned Run Average 4.25
3 Walks 11
43 Strikeouts 22
103 Pitches Per Start 98
Career vs. opponent
139.2 Innings Pitched 79.0
9-6 Wins-Losses 1-10
1.93 Earned Run Average 6.84

Yovani Gallardo, RHP
Weather
Indoor
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
St. Louis2nd NL Central6957.5481 ½ 7-3 W 4
Milwaukee1st NL Central7156.559-6-4 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Yovani Gallardo
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Wainwright63002.500
Carpenter73002.429
Beltran156124.400
Jay238102.348
Westbrook31001.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Adam Wainwright
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Ramirez4719239.404
Lucroy82000.250
Segura41000.250
Gallardo41003.250
Braun4992213.184
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
St. Louis -125 Milwaukee 115
Injuries
St. Louis
PlayerInjury
M. EllisOblique
J. GarciaShoulder
Y. MolinaThumb
M. WachaShoulder
Milwaukee
PlayerInjury
J. BianchiElbow
M. GarzaOblique
J. HendersonShoulder
K. LohseAnkle
T. ThornburgElbow
W. WangShoulder
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 11MILMIL 4-2Peralta Liriano 
Apr 12MILMIL 3-2Henderson Melancon 
Apr 13MILMIL 4-1Lohse Morton 
Apr 17PITPIT 11-2Volquez Wooten 
Apr 18PITMIL 5-3Lohse Morton 
Apr 19PITMIL 8-7Henderson Grilli 
Apr 20PITMIL 3-2Duke Gomez 
May 13MILMIL 5-2Estrada Cole 
May 14MILPIT 4-1Watson Rodriguez 
May 15MILMIL 4-3Wooten Melancon 
Jun 6PITPIT 15-5Cumpton Lohse 
Jun 7PITMIL 9-3Garza Volquez 
Jun 8PITMIL 1-0Gallardo Locke 
Aug 22MIL 8:10 PM EDT  
Aug 23MIL 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 24MIL 2:10 PM EDT  
Sep 19PIT 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 20PIT 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 21PIT 1:35 PM EDT