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Pittsburgh at St. Louis

Venue: Busch Stadium
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Adam Wainwright is bringing a 17-inning scoreless streak into Sunday's three-game series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates probably have bad memories of the last time they faced the St. Louis Cardinals starter on his home field.

Wainwright (4-1, 1.46 ERA) went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 15 strikeouts in two home starts against Pittsburgh in last year's NL division series, closing out the Pirates by scattering eight hits in a 6-1 victory in Game 5.

The right-hander has been similarly dominant so far this year, ranking among baseball's leaders in ERA, WHIP (0.81) and opponents' batting average (.165).

He yielded four hits over seven innings in Tuesday's 3-0 road victory over the New York Mets. The only thing that stopped Wainwright was a hyperextended right knee that caused him to leave after 79 pitches, but he has been cleared and says there is only pain when his leg is fully extended.

"When you look at the way I pitch, you barely do anything stiff-legged, so I'm going to be OK," he told the Cardinals' official website.

Wainwright's lone defeat this year came April 6 against the Pirates, as he yielded two runs in seven innings of a 2-1 road loss.

Edinson Volquez (1-1, 1.93) will oppose Wainwright again after allowing one run over 5 2-3 innings in that contest and not receiving a decision. Volquez suffered his first loss Tuesday, yielding two runs in seven innings of a 4-1 loss to Cincinnati as he was up against another outstanding starter in Johnny Cueto.

The Pirates right-hander is 1-3 with a 6.26 ERA in five career starts at Busch Stadium. He has dominated St. Louis star Yadier Molina, who is 3 for 23 against him.

Matt Holliday has enjoyed more success with eight hits in 22 at-bats versus Volquez, and he's 4 for 7 in this series.

Pittsburgh (10-15) will likely want to see a lengthy outing from Volquez since its bullpen was forced to work the final seven innings in Saturday's 6-1 victory after starter Francisco Liriano left with flu-like symptoms and dizziness.

Molina went 0 for 4 as his 15-game hitting streak ended on his jersey giveaway day. He fell to 3 for 19 against Pittsburgh this year.

St. Louis (13-12) has dropped five of seven, scoring a major league-low 10 runs over the previous seven days. The Cardinals haven't homered in 10 games.

Allen Craig continues to sputter with a .174 average. He's 1 for 18 against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh ended a season-high four-game slide Saturday. Gaby Sanchez had two RBIs in a four-run fourth inning.

"We got some key hits that we haven't been getting," Sanchez said. "We were finally able to put something together and get some runs across. It was good to get the lead and stay ahead."

Catcher Tony Sanchez had a two-run single in the ninth after being recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Indianapolis to take the roster spot of Russell Martin, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen is a .419 hitter in the regular season against Wainwright, but went 1 for 7 against him in last year's playoffs.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Pittsburgh2nd NL Central5841.5865 ½ 5-5 W 2
St. Louis1st NL Central6436.640-7-3 L 1
 
 

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Injuries
Pittsburgh
PlayerInjury
B. CumptonElbow
J. HarrisonThumb
C. HartShoulder
G. HernandezShoulder
A. LamboFoot
J. MercerLeg
R. ScahillForearm
J. SellersAchilles
St. Louis
PlayerInjury
M. AdamsQuadriceps
M. BelisleForearm
R. GrichukGroin
M. HarrisGroin
J. JayWrist
A. WainwrightAchilles, ankle
J. WaldenShoulder
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 10CINCIN 5-4Hoover Walden 
Apr 11CINSTL 4-1Wacha Cueto 
Apr 12CINSTL 7-5Villanueva Gregg 
Apr 17STLSTL 6-1Wacha Cueto 
Apr 18STLSTL 5-2Martinez Bailey 
Apr 19STLSTL 2-1Wainwright Leake 
Jul 27STLSTL 4-1Lynn Iglesias 
Jul 28STLCIN 4-0Leake Garcia 
Jul 29STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Aug 4CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 5CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 6CIN12:35 PM EDT  
Sep 10CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 11CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 12CIN 1:05 PM EDT  
Sep 13CIN 1:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Sep 22STL 8:15 PM EDT  
Sep 23STL 8:15 PM EDT