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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals scored a couple of runs, then scored again, and again. For this team, it was practically uncharted waters.
"Today was a lot of the old-time Cardinals, turning over the batting order," said Aaron Miles, who had three hits and an RBI. "You look through the lineup, and we had a lot of hits."
Scott Spiezio added two hits and two RBI in a 12-hit attack that led to two runs in the second, two in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh. St. Louis completed a 4-2 homestand with no home runs, getting by before the finale with a pair of three-run innings and a four-spot in the other three wins.
"That's one of the brightest things that's happened since the season started," manager Tony La Russa said. "If you're struggling like we're struggling and you end up shaking hands, that's a real good sign."
The Cardinals totaled 16 runs in the previous eight games and have scored two or fewer runs in half of their first 32 games. The last time they scored in multiple innings was May 1, when they had single runs in the second and third innings of a 12-2 loss to the Brewers.
"Today was something I'm not used to," Hirsh said. "It's inexcusable. I just feel like I'm way out of sync."
Despite their recent success, the Cardinals' 14-18 record is their worst since an identical start in 1990, the year manager Whitey Herzog resigned in frustration in July.
Wainwright (3-2) gave up two runs, one earned, and nine hits. He struck out four, didn't walk anyone, and stranded nine runners his first five innings. It's his second consecutive effective start while rebounding from arm fatigue related to his conversion from the bullpen along with mechanical issues.
"I was all right," Wainwright said. "It was better today than it was my last time out, and hopefully the next time it'll be better than today."
The Cardinals scored first for only the eighth time all season, going ahead 2-0 in the second on Adam Kennedy's run-scoring single and Albert Pujols' bases-loaded walk.
St. Louis missed a chance for more in the early going, stranding eight runners the first three innings, before padding the lead on RBIs by Ryan Ludwick and Miles in the fifth. The Cardinals started the sixth with four consecutive hits, including a run-scoring single by Jim Edmonds and Spiezio's RBI double.
Hirsh needed 43 pitches to get out of the second inning, allowing two runs and three hits with two walks. That led to his earliest exit of the season.
Zach McClellan gave up four runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning for the Rockies, who wrapped up a 4-5 trip.
"All those plates we had spinning well, they're kind of wobbling a little bit," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've got to find a way to get back on track. It's a good time to be going home."
|Adam Wainwright earns his third victory of the season, lasting six innings and giving up two runs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Steve Finley, CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||5||.167|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||5||2||1||0||0||1||1||.248|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||1||1||1||3||2||.273|
|Todd Helton, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.393|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.256|
|Jeff Baker, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.209|
|Chris Iannetta, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.185|
|Omar Quintanilla, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||4||.273|
|Jason Hirsh, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Alberto Arias, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- John Mabry, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.148|
|Zach McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tom Martin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jamey Carroll, PH-CF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.184|
|a-fouled out for Affeldt in the 6th|
|b-walked for Martin in the 8th|
|2B - Brad Hawpe (9, Wainwright), Todd Helton (10, Wainwright), Omar Quintanilla (1, Wainwright)|
|SH - Jason Hirsh (1)|
|RBI - Brad Hawpe (18), Todd Helton (24)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Atkins-Quintanilla-Helton|
|PB - Chris Iannetta (1)|
|E - Troy Tulowitzki (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jason Hirsh (L,2-3)||4||5||3||3||6||5||0||4.10|
|IBB - Miles by Jason Hirsh|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 106-58, Alberto Arias 15-9, Jeremy Affeldt 3-2, Zach McClellan 24-13, Tom Martin 34-22, Manuel Corpas 6-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 2-5, Alberto Arias 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Zach McClellan 2-0, Tom Martin 1-3, Manuel Corpas 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 23, Alberto Arias 4, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Zach McClellan 7, Tom Martin 7, Manuel Corpas 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||4||0||1||1||1||0||4||.239|
|Chris Duncan, LF||3||2||1||0||2||2||1||.311|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.261|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||5||.211|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Skip Schumaker, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.233|
|Russ Springer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Falkenborg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Spiezio, 3B||4||2||2||2||1||1||2||.254|
|Ryan Ludwick, RF||5||1||2||1||0||1||2||.250|
|Gary Bennett, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Aaron Miles, SS||4||1||3||1||1||0||0||.259|
|Adam Wainwright, P||2||1||1||0||1||1||1||.333|
|b- So Taguchi, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|a-walked for Flores in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Wainwright in the 6th|
|2B - Scott Spiezio (5, McClellan), Ryan Ludwick (1, Arias), Aaron Miles (3, McClellan)|
|SH - Gary Bennett (1)|
|RBI - Adam Kennedy (8), Albert Pujols (18), Jim Edmonds (7), Scott Spiezio 2 (9), Ryan Ludwick (3), Aaron Miles (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy (3), Albert Pujols (5), Scott Spiezio (2)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Kennedy-Miles-Pujols|
|E - Scott Spiezio (2, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adam Wainwright (W,3-2)||6||9||2||1||0||4||0||5.01|
|HBP - Iannetta (by Adam Wainwright)|
|WP - Adam Wainwright (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 88-60, Randy Flores 11-8, Russ Springer 30-18, Brian Falkenborg 10-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 10-5, Randy Flores 1-1, Brian Falkenborg 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 29, Randy Flores 3, Russ Springer 5, Brian Falkenborg 3|
|Attendance - 43001|
|Game Time - 3:20|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh|