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Cards take care of Astros, lose pitcher Wainwright to finger injury

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Adam Wainwright kept bending and cracking the knuckle on his right middle finger, trying to make the pain go away. By the sixth inning, he could hardly grip the ball.

For the five innings he pitched, Wainwright still shut down the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals' offense did the rest in an 8-4 win Saturday night over the Astros.

Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer, Troy Glaus added a solo shot and Skip Schumaker had a single, double and two-run triple for the Cardinals, who beat the Astros for the ninth time in the last 13 meetings.

Wainwright (6-3) left in the sixth with a sprained finger and said he initially hurt it in pre-game warmups. He said popping the knuckle back into place during the game seemed to be the perfect remedy for a while.

"It sort of was lingering throughout the entire game," Wainwright said. "I felt like it needed to pop or get cracked or something. So I kept cracking it and it felt fine."

Wainwright had a 2-2 count on leadoff hitter Darin Erstad when he signaled to the dugout that he had hurt his finger. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg came to the mound and La Russa brought in Kyle McClellan to relieve.

"All of a sudden, I threw a curve ball to Erstad and it made a noise," Wainwright said. "I couldn't squeeze the ball after that."

Wainwright threw 88 pitches, giving up two runs and seven hits. He had lasted at least 5 2/3 innings in his previous 13 starts. His finger wasn't swollen after the game and Wainwright was frustrated that he couldn't give the Cardinals' relief pitchers more of a break.

"That was the bad thing about it," he said. "Today was the day I definitely could've saved our bullpen a little bit. We were in need of that. Our whole 'pen has been taxed lately."

The Cardinals' pitching staff has been dealing with injuries all season.

Todd Wellemeyer flew back to St. Louis after Thursday's start in Washington with inflammation in his right elbow and several other pitchers are rehabbing, including Chris Carpenter (elbow) and Jason Isringhausen (hand).

Mark Mulder, who's been out with a left shoulder injury, threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game. La Russa gave no timetable on his return.

Weinberg told Wainwright after the game that he was likely to miss 1-2 days of throwing. La Russa said the Cardinals would be cautious.

"It's enough to concern you," La Russa said. "It's the fingertip on his pitching hand, so it's something to be concerned about."

Hunter Pence and Miguel Tejada hit solo homers for Houston.

The Cardinals gave Wainwright all the support he needed in the second inning, scoring seven runs off Shawn Chacon (2-2).

Glaus led off with a 420-foot drive to center, his seventh homer of the season and third in four games. Adam Kennedy walked and Wainwright kept the inning alive with a one-out single.

After Cesar Izturis flew out, Schumaker tripled to center to make it 3-0. Schumaker scored on Brian Barton's double down the right-field line.

Chacon intentionally walked Albert Pujols, but Ludwick followed with a drive to left-center for a 7-0 lead.

"He just had no command," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said of Chacon. "Everything he threw was either hanging or over the middle of the plate. You can't pitch like that at this level."

The 7-0 lead was more than enough for Wainwright, who came into the game with a 2.18 ERA in 11 career outings against Houston.

Brad Ausmus singled in the second, but Wainwright struck out the other three batters he faced in the inning. In the third, Kaz Matsui and Tejada singled with one out before Lance Berkman hit into a double play.

"He's got four good pitches he locates," Pence said of Wainwright. "He never leaves it out over the plate. He's got a fastball he can put anywhere he wants."

Chacon lasted five innings and gave up only four hits after the disastrous second.

Pence homered in the fifth. Berkman doubled and scored in the sixth on Michael Bourn's single off McClellan and Pence added an RBI single later in the inning to make it 7-3.

Notes

  • Cooper dropped usual leadoff man Bourn to the No. 7 spot in the order. Bourn came in batting .214 and went 3-for-4.
  • RHP Todd Wellemeyer (right elbow inflammation) and OF Rick Ankiel (right knee infection) will be re-evaluated on Monday and the two are expected to rejoin the team for the upcoming series in Cincinnati.
 
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The Cardinals check out Adam Wainwright (50) before he leaves in the sixth with a sprained finger.  (AP)
The Cardinals check out Adam Wainwright (50) before he leaves in the sixth with a sprained finger. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

R. Ludwick
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Houston

H. Pence
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, CF5132010 .306
Brian Barton, LF3111110 .242
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B3100203 .352
Ryan Ludwick, RF-LF4223102 .310
Troy Glaus, 3B4121101 .265
Yadier Molina, C4011002 .296
Adam Kennedy, 2B4100113 .248
Adam Wainwright, P3120011 .225
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Mather, PH-RF0000100 .241
Cesar Izturis, SS4000004 .247
Totals34811874  
a-walked for Flores in the 8th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (13, Chacon), Brian Barton (5, Chacon), Ryan Ludwick (16, Sampson), Troy Glaus (16, Chacon)
3B - Skip Schumaker (3, Chacon)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (14, Chacon), Troy Glaus (7, Chacon)
SF - Yadier Molina (2)
SH - Brian Barton (4)
RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (22), Brian Barton (7), Ryan Ludwick 3 (46), Troy Glaus (38), Yadier Molina (24)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (10), Brian Barton (4), Ryan Ludwick 3 (19)
CS - Yadier Molina (1, 2nd base by Chacon/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kennedy-Izturis-Pujols, Izturis-Kennedy-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,6-3) 5722141 3.14
Kyle McClellan 1522021 2.51
Randy Flores (H,11) 1000000 3.57
Chris Perez (H,3) 1200010 1.86
Ryan Franklin 1100100 2.54
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 69-45, Kyle McClellan 27-20, Randy Flores 3-3, Chris Perez 23-15, Ryan Franklin 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 5-5, Randy Flores 2-1, Chris Perez 1-0, Ryan Franklin 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 22, Kyle McClellan 8, Randy Flores 3, Chris Perez 4, Ryan Franklin 5
Houston Astros
Hunter Pence, RF5132011 .300
Kazuo Matsui, 2B5020014 .279
Miguel Tejada, SS5121002 .304
Lance Berkman, 1B4110102 .374
Darin Erstad, LF4000113 .289
Ty Wigginton, 3B4110010 .283
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .105
   a- Carlos Lee, PH1000002 .254
Michael Bourn, CF4031010 .224
Brad Ausmus, C4030001 .221
Shawn Chacon, P1000011 .130
   b- Reggie Abercrombie, PH1000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   c- Geoff Blum, PH1000003 .248
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .250
    Mark Loretta, 3B1000012 .283
Totals40415427  
a-flied out for Sampson in the 9th
b-lined out for Chacon in the 5th
c-popped out for Wright in the 6th
Batting
2B - Kazuo Matsui (10, Franklin), Lance Berkman (23, Wainwright), Michael Bourn (4, Perez)
HR - Hunter Pence (8, Wainwright), Miguel Tejada (7, McClellan)
RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (35), Miguel Tejada (39), Michael Bourn (11)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (10)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Ausmus-Tejada, Wigginton-Matsui-Berkman
Houston Astros
Shawn Chacon (L,2-2) 51077322 4.96
Wesley Wright 1000020 4.29
Oscar Villarreal 0.2000200 4.85
Tim Byrdak 1000200 0.52
Chris Sampson 1.1111000 5.56
IBB - Pujols by Shawn Chacon, by Pujols
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Chacon 88-47, Wesley Wright 12-7, Oscar Villarreal 15-6, Tim Byrdak 18-9, Chris Sampson 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Chacon 7-4, Oscar Villarreal 2-0, Tim Byrdak 1-2
Batters Faced - Shawn Chacon 26, Wesley Wright 3, Oscar Villarreal 4, Tim Byrdak 5, Chris Sampson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39811
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Bill Welke