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Wainwright holds off Padres for NL-leading 13th victory

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ST. LOUIS -- Watching the top of the ninth inning from the dugout, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright thought he had played the role of a "nervous dad."

"Like when I watch my friends do something, I'm always more nervous than when I do it," Wainwright said.

"When I watch my daughters, even at ballet or something, I'm more nervous than if I was out there doing ballet."

Allen Craig's game-ending leaping catch high at the left field fence preserved a 3-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Wainwright became the first NL pitcher to reach 13 wins.

The Cardinals have won nine of 12. The Padres have lost 19 of 24.

Craig has 12 hits and six RBI during a seven-game hitting streak for the Cardinals, who took two of three in both series against the Padres this season.

He's a confident defender, too, and never thought pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko's drive with two on and two outs was going out of the park.

The glove work prevented at least an extra-base hit that would have given the Padres the lead, and preserved Edward Mujica's 28th save in 30 chances.

"Obviously, it came off the bat good," Craig said. "I don't know if he hit it good enough. Obviously, it wasn't enough."

Gyorko agreed with Wainwright's assessment that he just got under the ball a little. He hadn't viewed a replay, and didn't want to, either.

"No. It was a good play," Gyorko said. "That's how the game goes sometimes."

The St. Louis defense turned three double plays behind Wainwright (13-5), who allowed two runs with seven strikeouts and worked around two walks. The Padres got the leadoff man on base seven times but he minimized the impact.

"He got tough with guys on base, no doubt about it," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's a veteran pitcher with a lot of know-how.

"We had good swings against an All-Star pitcher. To a man, we fought him. He knew it."

Yonder Alonso singled three times with an RBI for the Padres. Eric Stults (8-8) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, stranding two runners in the second and fifth, falling short in a bid to win three consecutive starts for the first time in his career.

"This is a team where they get guys on base and they get in kind of a swing mode, they want to score quick," Stults said. "That third inning got away a little bit."

Wainwright matched his season high for walks after entering with a NL-low 15 in 146 2/3 innings. He had only one perfect inning but got key outs with breaking balls and struck out Everth Cabrera with a man on third to end the seventh.

Wainwright is 5-2 with a 1.47 ERA against the Padres after beating them for the second time this season.

The first four Cardinals reached safely in the third capped by David Freese's two-run double when center fielder Alexi Amarista missed a diving catch and the ball went to the wall.

Freese was thrown out at third on strong relays from right fielder Will Venable and Cabrera and the Cardinals had just one more runner in scoring position the rest of the way.

Matt Carpenter opened the third with a double off the base of the wall in right-center for his second successive hit and leads the majors with 39 multi-hit games.

Cabrera led off the game with an opposite-field double, a chopper down the third-base line that Wainwright called a "doink fest," and scored on Alonso's two-out hit.

The Padres cut the deficit to a run in the sixth on a double by Carlos Quentin, another Alonso hit and a double-play ball.

Notes

  • Thousands lined up outside Busch Stadium several hours before game time for Stan Musial replica statues and a near-sellout of 44,033 was the Cardinals' 14th straight of 43,000 or more.
  • Carlos Beltran got a day off due to general soreness, although he told manager Mike Matheny he could play.
  • The Cardinals have a day off before rookie Shelby Miller (9-6, 2.92) makes his first start after a 12-day break against the Phillies Tuesday. Andrew Cashner (5-5, 3.81) pitches for San Diego in the opener of a four-game set in Milwaukee.
  • Padres OFs made a pair of outstanding plays. Venable's sliding catch left a long skid mark in foul territory in the fourth and LF Quentin snatched Craig's liner to end the seventh.
  • Stults threw a career-high 124 pitches.
 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 8.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 2
K 7
San Diego

Y. Alonso
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS3110112 .289
Chase Headley, 3B4010013 .235
Carlos Quentin, LF4110012 .278
Yonder Alonso, 1B4031010 .282
Will Venable, RF3000111 .225
Alexi Amarista, CF4010013 .262
Logan Forsythe, 2B4010002 .225
Rene Rivera, C3010000 .111
   a-Jesus Guzman, PH1010000 .235
Eric Stults, P1000010 .175
   b-Mark Kotsay, PH1000001 .182
   c-Jedd Gyorko, PH1000002 .268
Totals33210127  
a-doubled for Rivera in the 9th
b-grounded out for Stults in the 7th
c-flied out for Thatcher in the 9th
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (14, Wainwright), Carlos Quentin (19, Wainwright), Jesus Guzman (12, Mujica)
SH - Eric Stults (4)
RBI - Yonder Alonso (31)
2-OUT RBI - Yonder Alonso (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Will Venable 1
E - Chase Headley (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults (L,8-8) 6833120 3.45
Nick Vincent 1.2000010 1.45
Joe Thatcher 0.1000010 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 124-81, Nick Vincent 17-13, Joe Thatcher 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 8-8, Nick Vincent 2-2
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 27, Nick Vincent 5, Joe Thatcher 1
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4120010 .325
Yadier Molina, C3110101 .336
Allen Craig, RF-LF4111002 .332
David Freese, 3B4022001 .275
Matt Adams, 1B4000002 .301
Brock Peterson, LF3000000 .000
   Jon Jay, CF1000010 .248
Shane Robinson, CF-RF3010000 .242
Pete Kozma, SS3010012 .237
Adam Wainwright, P3000013 .111
Totals3238314  
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (31, Stults), David Freese (14, Stults)
RBI - Allen Craig (77), David Freese 2 (32)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams, M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams-M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams, M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams-M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams-Freese-M. Carpenter-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,13-5) 8822270 2.44
Edward Mujica (S,28) 1200000 2.11
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 103-72, Edward Mujica 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 12-2, Edward Mujica 1-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 31, Edward Mujica 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44033
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Clint Fagan