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Cards win, take three of four from struggling Padres

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ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright ended up one win shy of his first 20-win season last year. He's determined not to let that happen again.

After pitching eight dominant innings against the San Diego Padres for his 19th win in a 4-1 victory Sunday, the right-hander has two more starts.

"As far as personal goals, 20 would be cool," Wainwright said. "But I have two starts and 21 would be better."

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Not that he's given up on the Cardinals' playoff chances. St. Louis is six games back of the first-place Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central with 14 games to go.

"Obviously, it's a good milestone to hit as a pitcher," Wainwright said. "But right now we're still battling for this division. Until we're eliminated we're going to be battling.

"We're going to try not to get eliminated."

Colby Rasmus homered and scored twice to back Wainwright (19-11) as the Cardinals took three of four from the Padres, who began the day with a half-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.

Jon Garland (14-12) allowed four runs in seven innings for the Padres, who have lost 12 of their last 13 in St. Louis. San Diego dropped only its second series of the season against an NL Central opponent.

"We definitely can't hang our heads," Ryan Ludwick said. "We got a good pitching effort, they got a good pitching effort and we had opportunities.

"We just didn't get it done when we had those opportunities."

The Padres get their last day off Monday before opening a three-game series at Los Angeles.

"You can't go home and get comfortable and relax," Garland said. "We've got to win every game, that's the way we've got to look at it."

Will Venable had two hits and a walk for the Padres, who are 4-7 in their last 11 and 7-17 since Aug. 26, when they had a 6 ½-game cushion in the division.

"We're in a position to continue to make this a great race and we've got to focus on our next game, which we will," manager Bud Black said.

Wainwright won for just the second time in seven starts, allowing a run and five hits with seven strikeouts. The Padres were held hitless until Venable singled to start the sixth. They spoiled a shutout bid on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single in the eighth.

Slump or not, Wainwright worked eight innings for the third straight time. He lasted seven innings in two of the other starts during his dry spell, both losses.

"My focus was the best it's been in a long time," Wainwright said. "I just grinded it out, made sure I was talking to myself about controlling only what I could control and making each pitch one at a time."

Ryan Franklin worked the ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances -- his first chance since Sept. 5.

The Padres loaded the bases on all three of Wainwright's walks with two outs in the fourth before Chase Headley struck out. They had two hits in the sixth before Gonzalez flied out and Ludwick grounded out sharply to shortstop to end the inning.

Wainwright is 12-4 at home and has allowed two runs in 22 innings against the Padres, losing 1-0 on May 25 in San Diego. The right-hander, who was 19-8 last year, tied Philadelphia's Roy Halladay and Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez for the NL lead in wins.

Four straight Cardinals reached with one out in the first, with Matt Holliday getting an RBI single and Pedro Feliz adding a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead. Rasmus singled and scored on Brendan Ryan's sacrifice fly in the fourth, then hit his 23rd homer leading off the sixth.

Rasmus had been 1 for 9 against Garland before going 2 for 2 with a walk.

Garland matched his season high for innings, but is 1-4 with a 5.09 ERA in his last five starts. He beat Wainwright with seven shutout innings May 25.

"It seemed like they came out swinging a lot more," Garland said. "I made a few adjustments on a few guys, but besides that I'm going to go at it the same way until you prove me wrong."

Notes

  • The Padres are 24-10 against the NL Central, the other series loss coming when the Brewers took two of three at Milwaukee from Aug. 20-22.
  • The Cardinals will play a rainout makeup Monday at Florida. They're scheduled to play their final 31 games without a day off.
  • The Cardinals have outscored opponents 104-65 in the first inning.
  • The Cardinals topped 3 million in paid attendance for the seventh straight season and 14th overall with a crowd of 37,885. They're the fourth team to top 3 million this season, following the Yankees, Dodgers and Phillies.
 
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Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright allows one run in eight innings to nab his 19th win of the season. (AP)
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright allows one run in eight innings to nab his 19th win of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Rasmus
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 7
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF3120110 .244
David Eckstein, 2B4010012 .275
Miguel Tejada, SS4010003 .268
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3011102 .306
Ryan Ludwick, RF3000114 .266
Chase Headley, 3B4000033 .263
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010000 .277
Aaron Cunningham, LF4000021 .306
Jon Garland, P2000010 .222
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000000 .211
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000001 .230
Totals3316139  
a-flied out for Garland in the 8th
b-fouled out for Frieri in the 9th
Batting
2B - Will Venable (11, Wainwright), Yorvit Torrealba (13, Franklin)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (97)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (23)
SB - Will Venable (27, 2nd base off Wainwright/Pagnozzi)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Garland (L,14-12) 7544341 3.55
Ernesto Frieri 1100010 1.95
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 96-62, Ernesto Frieri 14-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 10-7
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 29, Ernesto Frieri 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, 2B-RF4000000 .271
Jon Jay, RF3100110 .312
    Yadier Molina, C0000000 .263
Albert Pujols, 1B3110110 .307
Matt Holliday, LF4021001 .312
Colby Rasmus, CF3221101 .279
Pedro Feliz, 3B3001002 .219
Matt Pagnozzi, C3010002 .333
    Aaron Miles, 2B0000000 .292
Brendan Ryan, SS2001020 .220
Adam Wainwright, P3000011 .160
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Totals2846435  
Batting
HR - Colby Rasmus (23, Garland)
SF - Pedro Feliz (6), Brendan Ryan (3)
RBI - Matt Holliday (99), Colby Rasmus (64), Pedro Feliz (40), Brendan Ryan (33)
Team LOB - 5
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,19-11) 8511370 2.45
Ryan Franklin (S,25) 1100020 3.58
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 114-71, Ryan Franklin 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 8-9
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 32, Ryan Franklin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37885
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Ron Kulpa