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ST. LOUIS -- Back home where no pitcher has been better this season, Adam Wainwright was aces again.
Wainwright stayed unbeaten at Busch Stadium with seven strong innings and he knocked in the go-ahead run for the
Albert Pujols hit his 25th homer, a two-tun shot that capped a five-run fifth inning.
Wainwright (15-6), coming off one of his worst outings of the season, allowed one earned run and six hits.
"It was a head-scratcher," he said of the loss to the New York Mets in which he allowed six runs in five innings. "You've just got to forget about it and move on."
He struck out five and did not walk a batter, while improving to 11-0 at home with a 1.22 ERA, both major league bests.
St. Louis infielder Aaron Miles, who had two hits and three RBI, felt certain Wainwright would bounce back.
"You don't expect two outings in a row like that from him," Miles said. "Obviously, we were expecting regular Adam on the mound today."
"He is who he is because he's that good."
Wainwright said he simply returned to the basics against Pittsburgh.
"Just got back to doing what I do, command all my pitches, change speeds, work in-and-out and let my defense do their work," he said.
St. Louis broke a 1-1 tie with a fifth-inning rally against Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke (5-10), who gave up six earned runs in five innings.
The Cardinals outscored Pittsburgh 21-2 in sweeping the three-game series. St. Louis has won 11 of 12 at home.
Wainwright retired 10 in a row at one point and lowered his ERA to 2.19. He improved to 7-2 against Pittsburgh and helped himself out with his bat.
The right-hander's two-strike, bloop hit to left-center brought in Colby Rasmus for a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Aaron Miles and Jon Jay followed with run-scoring hits to push the lead to 4-1.
"We're putting the ball in play and not chasing," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "We've been doing a lot of good things."
Pujols ripped a 3-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his fourth career home run in 42 at-bats against Duke. It was Pujols' 391th career home run moving him into 51st place in the career list.
"I wanted to get it in on him and I didn't get it there," said Duke. "That's what he does."
Matt Holliday added a solo home run in the eighth inning off Pittsburgh reliever Steven Jackson. It was Holliday's 20th homer of the season.
Pittsburgh outfielder Jose Tabata had a first-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
Ronny Cedeno drove in the Pirates' only run with a second-inning single that plated Lastings Milledge, who tripled to lead off the inning.
The Pirates, who have lost eight of the their last 10, have scored just two runs in their last 29 innings.
"I thought the guys had some pretty decent at-bats," said Pittsburgh manager John Russell. "The guys just didn't get the hit when we needed it."
The Pirates were 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position in the series. This was the 13th time the Pirates have been swept in a series this season.
Wainwright had two hits and recorded the ninth multi-hit game of his career. ... RH Jake Westbrook, acquired from Cleveland as part of a three-team trade on Saturday, will make his St. Louis debut Monday against Houston's Brett Myers. To make room for Westbrook, IF Tyler Greene was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand contusion. Westbrook will wear No. 35. ... IF David Freese will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Double A Springfield. Freese has been out since June 27 with ankle and toe injuries. ... The game drew a sellout crowd of 43,338, the 16th sellout of the season at Busch. ... Pittsburgh's Argenis Diaz got his first major league hit, a single off Mitchell Boggs in the ninth.
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|Andrew McCutchen, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.291|
|Jose Tabata, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.299|
|Neil Walker, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.301|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.272|
|Steven Jackson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||3||4||.222|
|Lastings Milledge, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||3||0||1||1||0||2||0||.247|
|a- Argenis Diaz, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jason Jaramillo, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.148|
|Zach Duke, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.100|
|Justin Thomas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Andy LaRoche, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Sean Gallagher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Clement, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.202|
|a-singled for Cedeno in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Thomas in the 7th|
|3B - Lastings Milledge (3, Wainwright)|
|SH - Zach Duke (7)|
|RBI - Ronny Cedeno (22)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Walker-G. Jones|
|Zach Duke (L,5-10)||5||7||6||6||1||1||1||5.36|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 90-56, Justin Thomas 17-11, Sean Gallagher 15-7, Steven Jackson 32-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 5-8, Sean Gallagher 3-0, Steven Jackson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Zach Duke 22, Justin Thomas 5, Sean Gallagher 3, Steven Jackson 9|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Felipe Lopez, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.263|
|Jon Jay, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.378|
|a- Randy Winn, PH-RF||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.241|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.298|
|b- Jason LaRue, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.200|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.300|
|Skip Schumaker, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Yadier Molina, C-1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.274|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||3||3||3||0||1||0||0||.218|
|Adam Wainwright, P||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.175|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dennys Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Nick Stavinoha, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||3||0||2||3||0||0||2||.323|
|a-walked for Jay in the 8th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Pujols in the 8th|
|c-singled for Reyes in the 8th|
|2B - Colby Rasmus (20, Duke), Brendan Ryan (12, Duke)|
|HR - Albert Pujols (25, Duke), Matt Holliday (20, Jackson)|
|SF - Aaron Miles (2)|
|RBI - Jon Jay (13), Randy Winn (18), Albert Pujols 2 (74), Matt Holliday (63), Adam Wainwright (5), Aaron Miles 3 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay (5), Randy Winn (10), Albert Pujols 2 (32)|
|CS - Colby Rasmus (5, 2nd base by Thomas/Jaramillo)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Wainwright-Ryan-Pujols, Ryan-Miles-Molina|
|E - Brendan Ryan (13, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adam Wainwright (W,15-6)||7||6||1||1||0||5||0||2.19|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 109-69, Jason Motte 11-7, Dennys Reyes 14-7, Mitchell Boggs 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 10-6, Mitchell Boggs 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 27, Jason Motte 2, Dennys Reyes 3, Mitchell Boggs 5|
|Attendance - 43338|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim McClelland|