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St. Louis at Cincinnati

Venue: Great American Ball Park
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Adam Wainwright opened 2014 with a dazzling effort on the road against the Cincinnati Reds.

His latest outing was the best of his career.

Wainwright looks to build on that and become the first eight-game winner in the NL by beating the Reds again Sunday night.

Wainwright (7-2, 1.85 ERA), who finished second in the voting for last year's NL Cy Young Award, got 2014 off to a superb start with a 1-0 win at Cincinnati on opening day. The right-hander struck out nine Reds while yielding three hits in seven innings.

He was even more impressive while throwing his first one-hitter Tuesday, striking out nine in a 5-0 victory over Arizona on Tuesday as he faced one batter over the minimum.

"I've had some times in my career where I felt like I had the stuff to do it," Wainwright said of trying to throw a no-hitter.

Wainwright, among baseball's ERA leaders, is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA over his last three starts while reaching at least the eighth inning twice.

His 104 wins since joining the rotation at the start of 2007 are the most in the NL over that span, and he's won in three of his last four visits to Cincinnati, compiling a 1.83 ERA in those victories.

The Cardinals (27-22) have taken nine of the past 10 series with Cincinnati (22-25). They're on the verge of making it 10 of 11 after winning for the eighth time in 10 games Saturday, 6-3 after opening the three-game set with a 5-3 defeat Friday.

Yadier Molina connected for a solo homer among his two hits Saturday, and he's batting .413 in 12 games. The catcher is regularly booed in Cincinnati, where he owns a .325 average while his 10 homers and 36 RBIs are personal bests at any away stadium.

"I tell them to keep booing - just to myself," manager Mike Matheny said. "It seems the louder they get, the better he gets."

Matt Holliday and Jon Jay had three hits apiece Saturday. Holliday is 8 for 22 with three doubles and five RBIs in his last six matchups with Cincinnati.

The Reds' Mike Leake (2-3, 2.91) could use some help if he's going to win for the first time since April 15. The right-hander has gone 0-2 with a 2.89 ERA in six starts since and owns a 1.82 ERA over the last four. He has gone 0-1 in those games as he's been backed by six total runs.

"It's tough. You never know when you're going to score a run," catcher Devin Mesoraco told the team's official website. "As a pitcher, I think you've just got to keep going out there and keep trying to put up zeros, and hopefully we can get some runs. But I don't think that's going to affect Mike at all. I think he just goes out there and does his job."

Leake certainly did that Monday, but Aroldis Chapman blew the save before Cincinnati went on to a 4-3, 15-inning win at Washington. Leake tossed six scoreless innings before allowing one run with two outs in the seventh, while outpitching Stephen Strasburg.

He may need a similar effort opposite Wainwright, but he's gone 2-4 with a 5.77 ERA in seven home starts against the Cardinals. However, Leake baffled them on the road April 9, yielding four hits in eight innings of a 4-0 win.

He's struggled with Holliday, who is 11 for 26 (.423) with three doubles and a homer off him.

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Probable Starters

A. Wainwright
St. Louis 2014 stats Cincinnati
2-0 Wins-Losses 0-0
23.0 Innings Pitched 21.2
1.17 Earned Run Average 1.66
2 Walks 4
19 Strikeouts 13
0.70 WHIP 0.97

M. Leake
Probable Pitchers
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
St. Louis1st NL Central8646.652-9-1 W 4
Cincinnati5th NL Central5477.41231 ½ 3-7 L 1
 
 

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St. Louis
PlayerInjury
M. AdamsQuadriceps
M. BelisleForearm
R. GrichukElbow
M. HollidayQuadriceps
J. JayWrist
L. LynnAnkle
C. MartinezBack
M. ReynoldsWrist
A. WainwrightAchilles, ankle
J. WaldenShoulder
Cincinnati
PlayerInjury
N. AdcockArm
H. BaileyElbow
B. BoeschAnkle
Z. CozartKnee
B. HamiltonShoulder
S. MarshallShoulder
D. MesoracoHip
J. MoscotShoulder
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 13CHCCHC 7-6Rondon Parra 
Apr 14CHCCIN 3-2DeSclafani Arrieta 
Apr 15CHCCHC 5-0Wood Marquis 
Apr 24CINCHC 7-3Motte Badenhop 
Apr 25CINPPD   
Apr 26CINCHC 5-2Arrieta DeSclafani 
Jun 11CHCCHC 6-3Wood Lorenzen 
Jun 12CHCCIN 5-4Hoover Rondon 
Jun 13CHCCHC 4-3Motte Cingrani 
Jun 14CHCCHC 2-1Schlitter Badenhop 
Jul 20CINCIN 5-4Mattheus Grimm 
Jul 21CINCHC 5-4Motte Adcock 
Jul 22CINCIN 9-1Leake Hendricks 
Jul 22CINCHC 6-5Rondon Chapman 
Aug 31CHCCIN 13-6Mattheus Grimm 
Sep 1CHCCHC 5-4Rodney Badenhop 
Sep 2CHC 2:20 PM EDT  
Sep 29CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 30CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Oct 1CIN12:35 PM EDT