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Cardinals power past Cubs, cruise to 5th straight victory

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ST. LOUIS -- The plan called for Adam Wainwright to get a little tuneup for the NL division series opener.

The right-hander was so efficient, he stayed in there long enough to earn his 19th victory, an RBI and a triumphant exit, too.

"I wanted to stay sharp," Wainwright said after the St. Louis Cardinals showed no letup after clinching the NL Central, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-2 Saturday for their fifth straight win.

"Ten days off is too much, I think, between starts. It's good to get in there, get some good work in, get a knock and get the win."

Matt Holliday homered for the second day in a row and Yadier Molina drove in two runs for St. Louis (96-65), which entered the day tied with Atlanta for the NL lead in wins.

All three of them were taken out before the finish and manager Mike Matheny removed Wainwright (19-9) after getting the first out of the sixth so he'd get an ovation.

"You've got to tiptoe around how you do that, we want to make sure we respect the other club," Matheny said. "It worked out fine."

The start time was moved up three hours to avoid a forecast of storms.

The Cardinals mailed vouchers to all ticket holders, whether they attended or not, for a game in 2014. The crowd of 42,520 was a few thousand shy of a sellout.

Wainwright allowed two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings and tied for the league lead in victories with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, who lost his last scheduled start Wednesday in St. Louis.

According to STATS, Wainwright is the third Cardinals pitcher to lead the league in victories twice, also doing it with 19 wins in 2009.

Dizzy Dean (1934-35) and Mort Cooper (1942-43) are the other Cardinals pitchers to twice lead the league in wins. Bob Gibson did it once.

The Cubs averted a second straight shutout loss by scoring twice in the ninth against former St. Louis closer Edward Mujica.

Anthony Rizzo led off with a homer and Donnie Murphy had an RBI double against Mujica, who has allowed 18 hits in 7 1-3 innings with two blown saves this month and lost his job to rookie Trevor Rosenthal.

Mujica has 37 saves but is in danger of getting left off the postseason roster for the first round. Matheny was noncommittal about using Mujica in the regular-season finale, saying he'd see "how he feels."

Seth Maness earned his first career save by getting Darwin Barney on a double play ball.

Edwin Jackson (8-18) allowed six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings before leaving with mild side discomfort that he said bothered him as the game went on. He leads the majors in losses.

"At the end of the day I've got three more years here to look forward to," Jackson said. "I definitely look forward to changing things and changing everything around."

The Cubs have lost 11 of 14, scoring two or fewer runs nine times in that stretch.

Wainwright got his sixth RBI of the season with a single off third baseman Donnie Murphy's glove in a four-run third.

Wainwright entered 1-6 with a 5.16 ERA at home against the Cubs. He's 6-0 with a 3.72 ERA at Wrigley Field.

Holliday hit his 22nd homer, a two-run drive in the first that put his average at .300 and likely won't play Sunday to keep it there.

The Cardinals broke away in the third when Holliday and Matt Adams drew one-out walks ahead of Molina's two-run double, and Pete Kozma had an RBI single.

Notes

Jake Westbrook (7-8, 4.67) gets a spot start Sunday in place of Joe Kelly (9-5, 2.81), who'll follow him in relief. Westbrook has battled elbow and back issues and has pitched once this month, and in his past four starts since July 29 has allowed 19 earned runs in 21 1-3 innings. "I'm excited to get the opportunity," Westbrook said. "I've been throwing, just not as fast as it's going to be tomorrow. Hopefully it'll be a good day." The Cardinals are unlikely to pick up a $9.75 million mutual option next year on the 36-year-old Westbrook. ... Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.33) starts for the Cubs. ... Molina has four hits and five RBIs in the first two games of the series, giving him a team-leading 16 RBIs against the Cubs. ... According to STATS, Jackson is among five pitchers since 2000 to throw a no-hitter and later lose 17 or more games. Also on the list are Ubaldo Jimenez last year, Derek Lowe in 2011 and Justin Verlander in 2008, all with 17 losses.

 
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Adam Wainwright (19-9) allows two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings and ties for the league lead in victories. (USATSI)
Adam Wainwright (19-9) allows two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings and ties for the league lead in victories. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 5.1
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS4010001 .246
Junior Lake, LF3000121 .285
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3111111 .233
Dioner Navarro, C3000012 .300
   a-J.C. Boscan, PH1110000 .333
Nate Schierholtz, RF4010001 .248
Donnie Murphy, 3B4011012 .259
Brian Bogusevic, CF3010010 .279
   b-Darnell McDonald, PH1010000 .288
Darwin Barney, 2B4000012 .208
Edwin Jackson, P0000000 .077
   Carlos Villanueva, P1000000 .156
   Zac Rosscup, P0000000 .000
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
   c-Ryan Sweeney, PH1000000 .271
   Blake Parker, P0000000 .000
Totals3227227  
a-doubled for Navarro in the 9th
b-singled for Bogusevic in the 9th
c-grounded out for Grimm in the 8th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (34, Axford), J.C. Boscan (1, Mujica), Donnie Murphy (8, Mujica)
HR - Anthony Rizzo (23, Mujica)
SH - Edwin Jackson (5)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo (80), Donnie Murphy (23)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (L,8-18) 2.2866311 4.98
Carlos Villanueva 2.1000020 4.06
Zac Rosscup 1000120 1.42
Justin Grimm 1100020 5.97
Blake Parker 1100010 2.72
IBB - Chambers by Edwin Jackson
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 65-37, Carlos Villanueva 27-17, Zac Rosscup 21-11, Justin Grimm 19-12, Blake Parker 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 4-2, Carlos Villanueva 2-3, Blake Parker 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 18, Carlos Villanueva 7, Zac Rosscup 4, Justin Grimm 4, Blake Parker 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B-3B3000102 .320
   Ryan Jackson, PR-3B1000001 .000
Jon Jay, CF3110000 .273
   a-Brock Peterson, PH-LF1000011 .077
Matt Holliday, LF1112100 .300
   Shane Robinson, PR-RF-CF2110000 .248
Matt Adams, 1B3100121 .281
Yadier Molina, C2122000 .319
   b-Tony Cruz, PH-C2000021 .202
Daniel Descalso, 3B3010001 .237
   Sam Freeman, P0000000 .000
   c-Audry Perez, PH1000011 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .200
Pete Kozma, SS4121002 .218
Adron Chambers, RF-LF-RF3010121 .167
Adam Wainwright, P2011000 .211
   Kolten Wong, 2B2000000 .143
Totals33610648  
a-struck out for Jay in the 6th
b-struck out for Molina in the 5th
c-struck out for Freeman in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yadier Molina (44, Jackson), Pete Kozma (20, Jackson)
HR - Matt Holliday (22, Jackson)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (94), Yadier Molina 2 (80), Pete Kozma (35), Adam Wainwright (6)
2-OUT RBI - Pete Kozma (14), Adam Wainwright (3)
CS - Adron Chambers (1, 2nd base by Jackson/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kozma-Wong-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,19-9) 5.1200150 2.94
Sam Freeman 1.2000110 2.19
John Axford 1100010 4.02
Edward Mujica 0.1322001 2.78
Randy Choate 0100000 2.34
Seth Maness (S,1) 0.2000000 2.32
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 72-47, Sam Freeman 29-18, John Axford 13-8, Edward Mujica 15-10, Randy Choate 2-2, Seth Maness 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 4-7, John Axford 1-1, Edward Mujica 1-0, Seth Maness 1-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 19, Sam Freeman 6, John Axford 4, Edward Mujica 4, Randy Choate 1, Seth Maness 1
Game Information
Attendance - 42520
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Knight