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Cards crush Brewers behind Wainwright's big day

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ST. LOUIS -- Yovani Gallardo might want to avoid the St. Louis Cardinals. The rest of the offensively challenged Milwaukee Brewers, too.

Gallardo dropped to 1-10 with a 6.83 ERA against the Cardinals in Saturday's 8-0 loss. Including a defeat in the 2011 NL division series, he's 1-11 with a 6.86 ERA.

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"It's just one of those things," Gallardo said. "I know I haven't had very many good ones, but the few that I've hung in there I was able to keep it together and not let it get out of hand like it happened."

Gallardo (0-1) allowed six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The key for the Cardinals was a seven-run sixth inning.

"I thought he was really good," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "The inning they ended up scoring runs, one ball was hit hard off him."

Adam Wainwright pitched a four-hitter for the Cardinals' third straight shutout and drove in two runs with three hits, two in the sixth.

A 16-game winner coming off his fourth consecutive 200-strikeout season, Gallardo was 0-2 with a 12.34 ERA in three starts against St. Louis last season. He allowed a run and three hits entering the sixth, when six of the first seven batters reached safely.

Milwaukee has gone scoreless in 25 innings and has just five home runs in 10 games. Minus injured sluggers Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers are 1-8 since winning on opening day.

"We need guys on base," Roenicke said. "We're not putting any pressure on anybody."

Wainwright (2-1) retired his first 10 batters and did not allow a ball out of the infield in that span. He matched his career best with 12 strikeouts in his fifth shutout and 12th complete game. He has yet to walk a batter in three starts over 22 innings.

Wainwright singled twice with an RBI in the sixth, becoming the first Cardinals pitcher to get two hits in an inning since Braden Looper singled twice in the fifth against the Padres on Aug. 6, 2007. A career .202 hitter, Wainwright lined an RBI single over a drawn-in infield to put the Cardinals ahead in the third, then beat out an infield hit and added an RBI single off Burke Badenhop.

Wainwright's career 1.94 ERA against the Brewers is the lowest among active pitchers and four of his last five starts against them have been complete games.

Ryan Braun struck out three times for the second straight day, and Logan Schafer also fanned three times. Cleanup man Rickie Weeks struck out twice before doubling in the seventh to snap an 0-for-21 slide.

Braun has missed time with a neck injury, and though he's playing, Roenicke said he Braun is far from 100 percent.

"You can see on some of the swings, he's not his usual self," the manager said.

Jon Jay also singled twice with an RBI in the sixth, and Matt Holliday had a two-run single.

Notes

  • Attendance of 44,696 was the second sellout of the homestand.
  • Saint Louis coach Jim Crews, who got a multiyear deal Friday after leading the Billikens to a school-record 28 wins, threw out the first pitch. The team was introduced prior to the game.
  • RHP Shelby Miller is the fourth youngest Cardinal to work seven innings and allow one hit at 22 years and 184 days. He's behind Von McDaniel (18), Bud Smith (21) and Paul Deal (22 years, 38 days). Smith and Dean threw no-hitters and McDaniel also went nine innings.
  • The Brewers were held to two singles for the first time Friday night since Sept. 24, 2008, against Pittsburgh.
  • Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez did not play after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand Friday night, and was hoping to play in the series finale Sunday, with Marco Estrada (1-0, 4.50) opposing St. Louis lefty Jaime Garcia (1-0, 2.92).
 
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Adam Wainwright tosses a four-hit shutout, retiring the first 10 Milwaukee hitters in an 8-0 victory. (USATSI)
Adam Wainwright tosses a four-hit shutout, retiring the first 10 Milwaukee hitters in an 8-0 victory. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 12
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4000001 .349
    Mike Fiers, P0000000 .000
Jean Segura, SS4010000 .406
Ryan Braun, LF3000031 .360
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Josh Prince, RF1000000 .200
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010031 .220
Logan Schafer, CF3000031 .167
Martin Maldonado, C3000001 .235
Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B3010010 .231
Blake Lalli, 1B3000001 .000
Yovani Gallardo, P2000020 .167
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Khris Davis, LF1010000 .182
Totals31040012  
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (2, Wainwright), Yuniesky Betancourt (1, Wainwright)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Segura-Weeks-Lalli
E - Blake Lalli (1, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (L,0-1) 5.1765030 6.61
Burke Badenhop 0.1220010 7.36
Mike Gonzalez 0.1100000 11.57
John Axford 1000010 18.69
Mike Fiers 1000000 9.00
HBP - M. Carpenter (by Yovani Gallardo)
WP - Yovani Gallardo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 87-62, Burke Badenhop 10-8, Mike Gonzalez 9-6, John Axford 15-8, Mike Fiers 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 7-5, Burke Badenhop 1-0, Mike Fiers 1-2
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 23, Burke Badenhop 4, Mike Gonzalez 2, John Axford 3, Mike Fiers 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF4121001 .240
Matt Carpenter, 2B3100012 .333
Matt Holliday, LF3112000 .243
    Shane Robinson, LF1000000 .286
Carlos Beltran, RF4010012 .229
Allen Craig, 1B3111001 .220
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH-1B1000000 .182
Yadier Molina, C4111010 .273
David Freese, 3B4110022 .286
Daniel Descalso, SS4100001 .212
Adam Wainwright, P3132000 .375
Totals34810705  
a-flied out for Craig in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Freese (1, Gallardo)
RBI - Jon Jay (6), Matt Holliday 2 (8), Allen Craig (6), Yadier Molina (6), Adam Wainwright 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay (4), Adam Wainwright (1)
Team LOB - 3
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,2-1) 94000120 2.05
WP - Adam Wainwright (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 115-84
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 8-7
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 31
Game Information
Attendance - 44696
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Bill Miller