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St. Louis (43-23) «0010000102100
N.Y. Mets (24-37)000000001170

Cards, Wainwright hand Mets' Harvey first loss

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NEW YORK -- Adam Wainwright used to be a creature of routine leading up to each start.

"Same sleeping shirt the night before," the St. Louis Cardinals ace said. "I couldn't wear blue jeans. I had to wear the color red. Are you kidding me? It was ridiculous. If I didn't have any of that, or worse, if something was thrown off, then instantly I was thinking, 'Oh, man, I'm in trouble.' And that's ridiculous. It has nothing to do with getting anyone out. I figured that out somewhere along the line."

With rain falling in the morning and clashing forecasts for the afternoon, Wainwright wasn't sure whether he would pitch at all Thursday.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told him about 80 minutes before start time to get ready, so Wainwright shortened his pregame routine and then pitched seven scoreless innings to become the major leagues' first 10-game winner. In a classic pitching matchup, his 2-1 victory over the New York Mets sent Matt Harvey to his first loss of the season.

"We had two Cy Young candidates going at each other," said Matt Carpenter, who tripled in the go-ahead run in the third and preserved the lead with a sparkling stop at second base in the ninth.

Some forecasts had predicted up to 3 inches of rain.

"Two days ago, they were talking about we were going to need to build an ark," Matheny said. "That's tough on the starting pitcher. As he's walking through here an hour-and-a-half before the game, he's completely out of his routine because he's hearing conflicting stories of what's going to happen with weather. But he got his mind together and got into an abbreviated version of his routine and went out and executed."

After expecting a rain delay, Wainwright did his preparation and warmup -- "kind of a ground routine; it's not gymnastics, it's just stretching" -- in the clubhouse instead of on the field.

"My whole normal pregame routine was kind of thrown out the window," he said.

Wainwright (10-3) retired his first 11 batters before David Wright's single and allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two -- including an intentional pass that caused the Mets to pinch hit for Harvey in the seventh. He tied his career best by winning his fifth straight start, dropped his ERA to 2.18 and got his 1,000th strikeout when Wright was called out on a first-inning curveball.

"It wasn't much fun to be an offensive player today," Wright said.

Known best in New York for freezing Carlos Beltran with a called third strike to end Game 7 of the 2006 NL Championship Series, Wainwright had been 0-4 with an 8.46 ERA in four starts against the Mets since his only career win against them, in St. Louis on April 18, 2010.

"I had everybody in the world tell me I had never beat the Mets at their stadium, so it was something I wanted to do," Wainwright said.

Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth, and Edward Mujica allowed a long home run to Marlon Byrd with one out in the ninth. John Buck doubled and pinch-runner Collin Cowgill took third as Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded to Carpenter, who made a diving backhand stop as he fell and threw to first for the out.

"When it was hit, I thought he had a good chance of getting a base hit up the middle." Carpenter said.

Josh Satin fouled off two full-count pitches and swung over a splitter as Mujica remained perfect in 19 save chances.

Harvey (5-1) had given up one run and five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk, ending a 14-start unbeaten streak dating to Sept. 12 but lowering his ERA to 2.04.

"He's as good as you're going to face in the big leagues," Carpenter said. "He's got electric stuff. `'

Harvey had no-decisions in eight of his previous nine starts, and the Mets have scored just 18 runs while he has been in the game during his past 10 outings, according to STATS.

"If I go seven zeroes, we're still playing the ballgame." Harvey said. "It's an incredible lineup. You really have to be locked in one through nine."

St. Louis went ahead in the third when Pete Kozma hit an opposite-field single to right for the first hit of the game and Carpenter tripled past Byrd, who tried for a sprawling catch in right but allowed the ball to bounce past him.

New York's bullpen gave up a run in the eighth, when Carpenter and Beltran singled off Scott Rice, and Matt Holliday and Allen Craig singled against LaTroy Hawkins.

A day of dazzling defense included Craig's diving stop at first base in the eighth to rob Omar Quintanilla of a hit, two nifty pickups by Daniel Descalso on slow rollers to third in the seventh and a pair of challenging catches by center fielder Jon Jay. He ran to the warning track for Lucas Duda's two-out drive with a runner on second in the fourth and nabbed a wind-blown drive by Jordany Valdespin leading off the sixth.

"Our guys played a flawless game," Wainwright said.

Next month, Wainwright and Harvey could find themselves in the same clubhouse at Citi Field -- on the NL All-Star team.

"That's a long time from now," Wainwright said. "I've got to get a lot of different hitters out before I start worrying about All-Star hitters."

Notes

  • St. Louis took two of three in the series and improved the big leagues' best record to 43-23.
  • Craig has 49 RBI.
  • Kozma had three of the Cardinals' 10 hits.
 
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After getting twisted around, Cards center fielder Jon Jay makes a falling catch.  (USATSI)
After getting twisted around, Cards center fielder Jon Jay makes a falling catch. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

P. Kozma
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

M. Byrd
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4021001 .327
Carlos Beltran, RF4120021 .307
Matt Holliday, LF4010011 .266
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Allen Craig, 1B4021010 .315
Yadier Molina, C3000113 .353
Jon Jay, CF4000001 .247
Daniel Descalso, 3B4000030 .259
Pete Kozma, SS4130000 .258
Adam Wainwright, P1000001 .147
   a- Shane Robinson, PH-LF2000001 .222
Totals34210218  
a-popped out for Wainwright in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pete Kozma (12, Harvey)
3B - Matt Carpenter (2, Harvey)
SH - Adam Wainwright (4)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (25), Allen Craig (49)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (14), Allen Craig (28)
CS - Matt Carpenter (2, 2nd base by Rice/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,10-3) 7400260 2.18
Trevor Rosenthal (H,16) 1100010 1.64
Edward Mujica (S,19) 1211011 1.82
IBB - Nieuwenhuis by Adam Wainwright
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 95-61, Trevor Rosenthal 14-10, Edward Mujica 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 10-5, Trevor Rosenthal 2-0, Edward Mujica 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 27, Trevor Rosenthal 4, Edward Mujica 5
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordany Valdespin, 2B4000000 .219
Omar Quintanilla, SS4000010 .271
David Wright, 3B4030010 .288
Daniel Murphy, 1B3000112 .283
Lucas Duda, LF4000012 .227
Marlon Byrd, RF4121020 .252
John Buck, C4020000 .223
    Collin Cowgill, PR0000000 .157
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF3000112 .074
Matt Harvey, P2000001 .138
   a- Justin Turner, PH1000002 .287
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
   b- Josh Satin, PH1000011 .000
Totals3417128  
a-grounded out for Harvey in the 7th
b-struck out for Edgin in the 9th
Batting
2B - John Buck (6, Mujica)
HR - Marlon Byrd (10, Mujica)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (31)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Valdespin-Murphy
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harvey (L,5-1) 7511170 2.04
Scott Rice 0.2211000 4.40
LaTroy Hawkins 0.1200000 4.21
Josh Edgin 1100010 7.94
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harvey 97-67, Scott Rice 9-5, LaTroy Hawkins 5-4, Josh Edgin 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harvey 11-2
Batters Faced - Matt Harvey 26, Scott Rice 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Josh Edgin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25471
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Greg Gibson