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Wainwright benefits from newfound Cardinals offense

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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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.

Adam Wainwright had another strong outing and the Cardinals scored in multiple innings for the first time in seven games in a 9-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

"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.

Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe each had an RBI double for the Rockies, who have lost three of four. Jason Hirsh (2-3) walked six and struck out five in four-plus innings, allowing three runs.

"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."

Notes

  • Rockies CF Willy Taveras missed his third consecutive game with a groin injury. Steve Finley started all three in his place, going 1-for-13.
  • Pujols entered the game in an 0-for-13 slump.
  • The Cardinals have not repeated their leadoff hitter for 12 games in a row while giving David Eckstein time to work out an early season slump from the eighth slot. Eckstein received the day off and Kennedy batted leadoff for the third time, going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
 
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Adam Wainwright earns his third victory of the season, lasting six innings and giving up two runs.  (AP)
Adam Wainwright earns his third victory of the season, lasting six innings and giving up two runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 6.0
H 9
ER 1
BB 0
K 4
St. Louis

S. Spiezio
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Steve Finley, CF5010005 .167
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5210011 .248
Brad Hawpe, RF4011132 .273
Todd Helton, 1B5021001 .393
Garrett Atkins, 3B4010013 .256
Jeff Baker, LF3010101 .209
Chris Iannetta, C3000012 .185
Omar Quintanilla, 2B4020014 .273
Jason Hirsh, P1000002 .000
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- John Mabry, PH1000000 .148
    Zach McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
   b- Jamey Carroll, PH-CF0000100 .184
Totals3529237  
a-fouled out for Affeldt in the 6th
b-walked for Martin in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Quintanilla-Helton
PB - Chris Iannetta (1)
E - Troy Tulowitzki (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hirsh (L,2-3) 4533650 4.10
Alberto Arias 0.2211010 4.26
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1000000 4.15
Zach McClellan 0.2444100 5.40
Tom Martin 1.1211100 9.00
Manuel Corpas 1000000 1.62
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, 2B4011104 .239
Chris Duncan, LF3210221 .311
Albert Pujols, 1B4121101 .261
Jim Edmonds, CF4111015 .211
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH0000100 .233
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Brian Falkenborg, P0000000 .000
Scott Spiezio, 3B4222112 .254
Ryan Ludwick, RF5121012 .250
Gary Bennett, C4000000 .281
Aaron Miles, SS4131100 .259
Adam Wainwright, P2110111 .333
   b- So Taguchi, PH-CF2000001 .273
Totals36913786  
a-walked for Flores in the 7th
b-flied out for Wainwright in the 6th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Kennedy-Miles-Pujols
E - Scott Spiezio (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,3-2) 6921040 5.01
Randy Flores 1000010 2.13
Russ Springer 1000220 2.53
Brian Falkenborg 1000100 6.75
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
Game Information
Attendance - 43001
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh