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Cardinals' Wainwright ties NL lead with 12th win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright can't explain his mastery over the Houston Astros. St. Louis' All-Star is simply enjoying the ride.

Wainwright picked up his National League-tying 12th win with seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit his team-high 13th home run to lead the Cardinals to a 9-5 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.

Matt Carpenter had three hits and drove in three runs for St. Louis, which has won four in a row and five of six.

Houston dropped its ninth in the last 11 and leads the majors with 58 losses.

Wainwright (12-5) improved to 13-1 in 15 career starts against Houston. His 1.56 ERA against the Astros is his lowest for any opponent.

"It's just one of those weird things," he said. "I've matched up well with them over the years. I think my first real quality game as a starter in 2007 came against them."

Wainwright won three successive starts against Houston at the beginning of the 2007 campaign. He allowed just four runs over 20 innings in beginning his personal run against the Astros.

He allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked one on Tuesday. The right-hander, who will make his second All-Star appearance next week, has won seven successive starts against his former NL Central rival. His lone loss to the Astros was a 2-0 setback on Aug. 2, 2009.

Wainwright, who is tied with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann (12-3) for most wins in the NL, was in complete control. He retired the first five batters and never looked back.

"It's never easy against a big-league squad, but I felt I stayed out of trouble for the most part," Wainwright said.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny agreed.

"He just came out and established his breaking ball," Matheny said. "He used different speeds and moved in-and-out with his fastball. Just terrific."

St. Louis closer Edward Mujica struck out J.D. Martinez with two on and two out to pick up his 24th save in 25 opportunities.

The Cardinals, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead, battered former nemesis Bud Norris (6-8) for seven runs and 11 hits in five innings. Norris entered the game with an 8-5 mark and a 2.74 ERA against St. Louis.

Norris won his first four starts against the Cardinals allowing just one run over 26 innings.

"I've been throwing the ball pretty well, but today wasn't my day," Norris said. "I made some good pitches, I made some bad pitches. That's a good ballclub over there. They know what they're doing."

Holliday slammed Norris' seventh pitch of the game over the left-field wall for a 2-0 lead. Carpenter highlighted a three-run rally in the fourth with a two-run double.

David Freese broke out of an 0-for-11 skid with three hits for St. Louis, which has won its last seven home games against Houston. Daniel Descalso chipped in with a pair of doubles.

Freese and Descalso started the fourth with hits. Carpenter pushed the lead to 5-0 with a double that just eluded a diving Carlos Pena at first. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single.

Allen Craig added run-scoring hits in the sixth and eighth. He is second in the NL with 71 RBI.

"This was a full offensive game from top to bottom all the way through the lineup," Carpenter said. "It was impressive."

St. Louis reliever Kevin Siegrist pitched a scoreless eighth inning. He has not allowed a run over the first 12 appearances of his career, a franchise record.

The Astros scored four times in the ninth. Jake Elmore and Jose Altuve had RBI singles. Houston manager Bo Porter was pleased with the way his club fought until the end.

"We forced their closer into a game in which the ninth inning started with us down 9-1," he said. "That's a tribute to the guys in this room. They're not going to quit. They are going to battle until the end."

Notes

  • St. Louis right-hander Shelby Miller (9-6, 2.80) will face Jordan Lyles (4-3, 3.87) in the finale of the two-game series on Wednesday.
  • The Astros are 8-8 in interleague play this season.
  • Houston INF Ronny Cedeno left the game in the fifth inning after fouling a pitch off his left big toe. He is listed as day to day with a contusion.
  • St. Louis C Yadier Molina returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with right knee inflammation.
  • Molina and Houston catcher Jason Castrowere each hit by pitches. Norris hit Molina in the fifth. Wainwright plunked Castro in the sixth, prompting home plate umpire Mark Wegner to warn both benches.
  • Craig has hit safely in his last nine games.
 
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Adam Wainwright tosses seven scoreless innings and strikes out nine for his 12th win of the season.  (USATSI)
Adam Wainwright tosses seven scoreless innings and strikes out nine for his 12th win of the season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Carpenter
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Houston

J. Elmore
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5011002 .282
Brett Wallace, 3B5111021 .182
Jason Castro, C3000120 .268
J.D. Martinez, RF-LF5011022 .255
Carlos Pena, 1B3010022 .214
    Matt Dominguez, PH1110000 .227
Marc Krauss, LF2000113 .200
Brandon Barnes, CF3100111 .244
Ronny Cedeno, SS2000010 .221
    Jake Elmore, SS2021000 .244
Bud Norris, P2010000 .250
    Jimmy Paredes, RF2101011 .178
Totals35585412  
a-singled for Pena in the 9th
b-walked for Harrell in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brett Wallace (4, Wainwright)
RBI - Jose Altuve (28), Brett Wallace (10), J.D. Martinez (33), Jake Elmore (5), Jimmy Paredes (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Wallace-Altuve-Pena, Wallace-Altuve-Pena-Wallace-Altuve-Pena, Wallace-Altuve-Pena-Wallace-Altuve-Pena-Elmore-Pena
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (L,6-8) 51177151 3.63
Lucas Harrell 3422200 5.06
IBB - Molina by Lucas Harrell
HBP - Molina (by Bud Norris), Holliday (by Lucas Harrell)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 92-67, Lucas Harrell 42-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 4-5, Lucas Harrell 6-1
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 27, Lucas Harrell 14
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4333000 .322
Carlos Beltran, RF5121014 .309
Matt Holliday, LF3112011 .266
Allen Craig, 1B5032000 .329
Yadier Molina, C2100101 .344
    Tony Cruz, C1000001 .167
David Freese, 3B4130001 .278
Daniel Descalso, SS4120012 .280
Jon Jay, CF3111100 .247
Adam Wainwright, P2000025 .125
    Matt Adams, PH1000000 .316
Totals34915935  
a-walked for Holliday in the 8th
b-grounded out for Wainwright in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter 2 (27, Norris), Carlos Beltran (11, Harrell), Daniel Descalso 2 (16, Norris)
HR - Matt Holliday (13, Norris)
SF - Matt Carpenter (2)
SH - Adam Wainwright (5)
RBI - Matt Carpenter 3 (40), Carlos Beltran (52), Matt Holliday 2 (45), Allen Craig 2 (71), Jon Jay (37)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter 2 (21), Carlos Beltran (22), Jon Jay (18)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,12-5) 7511190 2.30
Kevin Siegrist 1000020 0.00
Randy Choate 0111000 2.50
Michael Blazek 0.2233300 9.00
Edward Mujica (S,24) 0.1000010 2.39
HBP - Castro (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 97-72, Kevin Siegrist 16-8, Randy Choate 4-2, Michael Blazek 32-17, Edward Mujica 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 11-1, Michael Blazek 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 28, Kevin Siegrist 3, Randy Choate 1, Michael Blazek 7, Edward Mujica 1
Game Information
Attendance - 43836
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Rob Drake