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Wainwright leads shutout of Giants, first to win 11 in NL

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Adam Wainwright will take the victory and run.

On a night he managed only a season low for strikeouts, the St. Louis right-hander still found ways to dominate.

Wainwright allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings, Matt Carpenter continued to feast on San Francisco pitching, and the Cardinals ended a scoring drought, beating the Giants 2-0 on Wednesday night.

"To come away with a way on a night I walked the pitcher, I'll run out of here," Wainwright said. "That was a big win for us."

Carpenter had three hits and drove in a run, improving to .520 (26 for 50) against the Giants to help the Cardinals end a three-game losing streak. Matt Holliday added two hits and an RBI.

"I don't think there is any rhyme or reason to it," Carpenter said. "I stay with the same approach and just try to help the team."

Wainwright (11-4) took over the NL lead in ERA (1.89) and victories. He walked two and struck out one and his infielders combined to record 18 outs.

"I was aware of that," Wainwright said. "I'm getting outs, so why change? When you start thinking about strikeouts, then you start going deeper into counts. Guys were making great plays and laying out left and right."

The closest the Giants came to scoring was in the eighth, when Tyler Colvin sent a drive to the wall in center field and defensive replacement Peter Bourjos hauled it in.

Joe Panik, who had two hits, was the lone Giant to venture past first base, reaching third with two outs in the sixth and again with two outs in the eighth.

Ryan Vogelsong (5-5) gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Vogelsong lost his second successive start despite a 2.08 ERA with a walk and 15 strikeouts over that span.

"He had all his pitches going, good tempo out there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "For him to give up two runs, seven innings, that's a great job."

The Cardinals ended a 26-inning scoreless streak by scoring twice in the third. Oscar Tavares doubled and Mark Ellis singled. After a strikeout, Carpenter and Holliday each singled in runs.

Carpenter has hit safely in 14 of his 16 games against the Giants.

"We're still trying to figure out a way to score runs," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Those were big RBIs there. It lets Wainwright do what he does. It's no secret he's the guy we want on the mound."

Vogelsong retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced, allowing one hit the rest of his outing.

"It doesn't matter, it's a loss," Vogelsong said. "I'm tired of talking about stuff. It's all about wins and losses now and getting to the playoffs. It doesn't matter what the stuff is. It's about getting wins."

Wainwright faced only two over the minimum until Panik singled with two outs in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez also singled and Pat Neshek came on to get Gregor Blanco to pop out.

Trevor Rosenthal got the final three outs for his 25th save in 28 chances after giving up an infield hit to Hunter Pence to start the ninth. Pence was originally ruled out, but the call was reversed following a review.

Notes

Tavares made his first MLB appearance in CF. ... Cardinals RHP Joe Kelly (left hamstring strain) will make at least one more rehab start. ... RHP Carlos Martinez (1-3, 4.13) gets the start for the Cardinals on Thursday. The Cardinals are unbeaten in his first three starts. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner (9-5, 2.90) starts for the Giants in the series finale. He's 3-3 in six career starts against the Cardinals. ... Giants OF Angel Pagan (lower back strain) will receive an epidural Thursday morning in Los Angeles before rejoining the team. He'll rest through the weekend. ... Giants 1B Brandon Belt (thumb) is expected to be activated from the DL when the Giants open a series in San Diego on Friday. ... Cardinals 1B Matt Adams went hitless in four at bats, ending a career-best eight-game hitting streak.

 
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With his seventh scoreless start of 2014, Adam Wainwright takes over the NL lead in ERA (1.89).  (USATSI)
With his seventh scoreless start of 2014, Adam Wainwright takes over the NL lead in ERA (1.89). (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

R. Vogelsong
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 8
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 1
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4031010 .287
Matt Holliday, LF4021001 .267
Matt Adams, 1B4000022 .319
Allen Craig, RF4000004 .252
Yadier Molina, C4010020 .280
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000101 .239
Oscar Taveras, CF3110011 .186
   Peter Bourjos, CF1000000 .202
Mark Ellis, 2B3110011 .197
Adam Wainwright, P3000022 .243
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Totals3328219  
Batting
2B - Oscar Taveras (2, Vogelsong)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (32), Matt Holliday (40)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Ellis-Adams, Peralta-Ellis-Adams-Peralta-Ellis-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,11-4) 7.2400210 1.89
Pat Neshek (H,11) 0.1000000 0.82
Trevor Rosenthal (S,25) 1100010 2.97
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 107-71, Pat Neshek 6-3, Trevor Rosenthal 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 14-6, Trevor Rosenthal 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 27, Pat Neshek 1, Trevor Rosenthal 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF4000004 .230
Hunter Pence, RF4010001 .295
Buster Posey, C4000001 .288
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3000101 .268
Michael Morse, 1B4000022 .273
Tyler Colvin, LF3010000 .243
Brandon Crawford, SS3000001 .246
Joe Panik, 2B3020000 .231
Ryan Vogelsong, P0000100 .129
   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   a-Hector Sanchez, PH1010000 .207
   Juan Perez, PR0000000 .167
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals2905022  
a-singled for Gutierrez in the 8th
Batting
SH - Ryan Vogelsong (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Panik-Morse, Crawford-Panik-Morse-Crawford-Panik-Morse
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (L,5-5) 7622180 3.86
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2200000 1.93
Juan Gutierrez 0.1000000 3.19
Sergio Romo 1000010 5.01
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 97-64, Jeremy Affeldt 17-10, Juan Gutierrez 1-1, Sergio Romo 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 8-3, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Juan Gutierrez 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 26, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Juan Gutierrez 1, Sergio Romo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41321
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Ed Hickox