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Cardinals 9, Padres 2

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ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright ran his bulldog streak to 23 straight starts of six or more innings, the longest in the major leagues.

While the St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander was handcuffing the San Diego Padres on Friday night, he also got the offense going against impressive rookie Mat Latos.

Wainwright joined Boston's Josh Beckett as the only 14-game winners in the majors and contributed his fifth career homer to a 15-hit attack in a 9-2 victory.

"It feels pretty good," Wainwright said with a wide grin. "It'll feel a lot better when we win the World Series, that's the goal. However many games it takes."

The Cardinals battered Latos (4-2) for seven runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. The 21-year-old had won his previous four starts, and was the first pitcher in Padres history to win four of his first five career starts.

"I gave them too much credit and started nitpicking," Latos said. "I couldn't get strike one. I tried to be too perfect, instead of just going right at them."

Manager Bud Black said Latos had good stuff, but it wasn't not good enough against the NL Central leaders.

"I just think you saw a veteran team sort of wait him out and have good at-bats," Black said. "Then when they stressed him there in the fifth inning, he couldn't wiggle his way out."

Matt Holliday had three hits and three RBI and his two-run single in the fifth was a key blow for the Cardinals, who have won six of seven and have beaten the Padres seven straight at home. Holliday has three straight three-hit games and is batting .493 in 19 games with St. Louis.

Wainwright (14-7) scattered eight hits in seven innings, his 10th straight start allowing two or fewer earned runs. He escaped his only real trouble in the seventh when the Padres loaded the bases with three straight one-out singles by getting pinch-hitter Luis Rodriguez on a double-play ball.

"He just makes a ton of good pitches," manager Tony La Russa said. "He was excellent."

St. Louis' slow-footed catcher Yadier Molina contributed his seventh stolen base in eight attempts -- he's two away from tying the franchise record for the position -- to go with two hits and an RBI.

Wainwright hasn't walked a batter in 23 2/3 innings over four starts dating to July 28. His second homer of the season wasn't window dressing, either, a rocket over the left-field wall leading off the third for the Cardinals' first run.

"I heard the crowd roar as soon as I hit it," Wainwright said. "That's one of the better experiences. I can get wood on a bullet if it's straight."

The hard-throwing Latos had been holding opponents to a .190 average and was coming off successive victories over the Mets, Braves, Reds and Nationals before getting cuffed around by St. Louis. Holliday's bases-loaded single through a drawn-in infield on a full count with no outs in the fifth put the Cardinals ahead 5-0, and Ryan Ludwick and Molina added RBI singles off Edward Mujica later in the inning.

Last month, Latos worked a scoreless fourth inning in the All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis.

The Padres averted a shutout on Kevin Kouzmanoff's two-run homer off Jason Motte in the ninth. Motte has allowed nine homers in 41 2/3 innings.

Notes

The Cardinals will give rookie RHP Mitchell Boggs, who replaced injured Todd Wellemeyer in a 5-4 loss to the Reds on Tuesday, another shot as the fifth starter on Tuesday at Los Angeles. Chris Carpenter will jump ahead of him in the rotation, however, with a day off Thursday putting the 12-game winner on regular rest. ... C Tom Pagnozzi stole nine bases for St. Louis in 1991, although in 22 attempts, and Tim McCarver was 9 for 15 in 1966. ... The Cardinals turned three double plays for a season total of 126. They entered tied for first in the NL with Houston. ... Holliday is a career .463 hitter at 4-year-old Busch with eight homers and 18 RBI.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
 

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San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3000001 .283
David Eckstein, 2B4010001 .261
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010012 .268
Chase Headley, LF4120001 .256
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4112001 .264
Will Venable, RF4020000 .269
Henry Blanco, C4020011 .232
Everth Cabrera, SS4020022 .275
Mat Latos, P2000002 .083
    Edward Mujica, P00000001.000
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH1000001 .213
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Salazar, PH1000001 .339
Totals35211204  
a-grounded into a double play for Mujica in the 7th
b-flied out for Thatcher in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (20, Wainwright), Chase Headley (21, Motte), Henry Blanco (8, Wainwright), Everth Cabrera (12, Wainwright)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (15, Motte)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (67)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Mat Latos (L,4-2) 4877311 4.01
Edward Mujica 2200010 3.45
Luke Gregerson 1211010 3.35
Joe Thatcher 1311000 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 84-47, Edward Mujica 25-17, Luke Gregerson 22-14, Joe Thatcher 30-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 6-4, Edward Mujica 3-2, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Joe Thatcher 2-1
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 22, Edward Mujica 8, Luke Gregerson 5, Joe Thatcher 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B3210100 .294
   a- Julio Lugo, PH-2B1100001 .308
Colby Rasmus, CF5130001 .254
Albert Pujols, 1B3110200 .327
    Joe Thurston, LF0000000 .230
Matt Holliday, LF5233001 .323
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Ryan Ludwick, RF5011015 .266
Mark DeRosa, 3B-1B4011002 .256
Yadier Molina, C4121001 .290
Brendan Ryan, SS4011011 .285
Adam Wainwright, P3111013 .164
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Khalil Greene, PH-3B1010000 .211
Totals38915833  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Schumaker in the 8th
b-singled for Miller in the 8th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (27, Latos), Matt Holliday 2 (33, Gregerson, Thatcher), Mark DeRosa (15, Gregerson)
HR - Adam Wainwright (2, Latos)
RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (74), Ryan Ludwick (74), Mark DeRosa (64), Yadier Molina (39), Brendan Ryan (19), Adam Wainwright (4)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (33), Brendan Ryan (8)
SB - Yadier Molina (7, 2nd base off Latos/Blanco)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-Ryan-Pujols, Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols, Miller-Ryan-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,14-7) 7800030 2.62
Trever Miller 1000000 2.01
Jason Motte 1322011 6.05
HBP - Gwynn (by Trever Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 103-68, Trever Miller 9-5, Jason Motte 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 13-3, Trever Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 27, Trever Miller 3, Jason Motte 6
Game Information
Attendance - 42208
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mike DiMuro