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Wainwright wins 16th, Cardinals beat Pirates

By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
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ST. LOUIS (AP) To earn his 16th win, Adam Wainwright really needed his bat.

Wainwright matched his career best with three RBIs, an unexpected boost that helped carry the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

''There's usually two or three games a year that you swing the outcome if you can provide something offensively,'' Wainwright said. ''I just made a couple of good swings.''

The bottom of the order was the difference in the fourth win in a row for the NL Central leaders. Eighth-place hitter Peter Bourjos singled twice with an RBI, and seventh-place hitter Daniel Descalso walked twice and scored twice.

Randal Grichuk added three hits and made a nice diving catch in right field to rob Starling Marte of a go-ahead extra-base hit.

''I feel like we're really ready to take off,'' Bourjos said. ''We're getting contributions from everybody.''

Wainwright (16-9) prevailed despite allowing three home runs to match his career worst. He left after Starling Marte's two-run shot shaved the lead to 5-4 with none out in the seventh. It was the first time he had allowed more than one homer all season.

He has been getting by with less than his best stuff for a while, and like most of his recent starts, he believes he is close.

''You can look at the three balls in the middle of the plate that got hit out, but I think most of the time I was much better than I have been,'' Wainwright said.

''That's what we see too,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''I think he's off just a hair sometimes.''

Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer homered with the bases empty for the Pirates, who have lost three in a row and were frustrated to get beaten by Wainwright's bat. He doubled his season RBI total and is batting .203 overall.

''We treat him like a hitter,'' Martin said. ''He gave some up but he took some back and that's just the type of competitor he is.

''He was one of the toughest outs.''

Despite the damage, Wainwright didn't face any batters with runners in scoring position. He lost his previous two outings, the last at Pittsburgh when he allowed three runs in six innings.

Wainwright had thrown 28 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings at home against Pittsburgh before Martin homered in the second.

The first four Cardinals reached base in a three-run fourth that snapped a 2-all tie. Wainwright's two-run single chased Jeff Locke (6-4), who walked five and was charged with five runs - four earned. Wainwright also had a run-scoring groundout in the second and matched a three-RBI game he had against the Brewers on July 4, 2010, in which he also threw a complete game in a 7-1 win.

Locke allowed a run in 7 1-3 innings with two walks against the Cardinals his last time out. He worked around a season-worst six walks to win at Milwaukee on Aug. 22 and was 4-0 with a 2.90 ERA in five August starts.

''I just didn't have any command, fell behind everybody,'' Locke said. ''They were really in the driver's seat the whole time.''

Jhonny Peralta doubled to start the seventh and scored on a wild pitch by John Axford that put St. Louis up 6-4. Trevor Rosenthal got a day off, and Pat Neshek finished for his fifth save in eight chances.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Pedro Alvarez missed his sixth straight game with left foot discomfort. Charlie Morton (hip) threw 76 pitches in a four-inning simulated game earlier Tuesday and could join the bullpen soon.

Cardinals: Kolten Wong didn't start for the second straight game after banging his head making a catch. He pinch-hit in both games, and his homer tied it on Monday.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.45) has won seven of his last eight decisions. He is 4-6 with a 5.06 ERA in 14 career starts against the Cardinals.

Cardinals: St. Louis seeks a sweep behind Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.19). The right-hander is 2-6 with a 4.98 ERA against Pittsburgh, including 2-2 this year.

TEMPER, TEMPER

Cardinals 3B coach Jose Oquendo was ejected at the end of the third inning, apparently for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire James Hoye.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

P. Bourjos
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

S. Marte
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 3B4020000.313.347.511
Andrew Lambo, RF4020002.333.333.500
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000012.305.399.535
Neil Walker, 2B4000011.270.340.452
Russell Martin, C4111011.292.413.420
Ike Davis, 1B3110100.237.351.380
Starling Marte, LF4112001.273.346.429
Jordy Mercer, SS4111010.258.303.379
Jeff Locke, P1000010.139.184.139
   Brandon Cumpton, P1000000.118.167.118
   a-Gregory Polanco, PH1000000.240.307.348
   John Axford, P0000000.000.000.000
   John Holdzkom, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3448415    
a-grounded out for Cumpton in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andrew Lambo (3, Maness)
HR - Russell Martin (8, Wainwright), Starling Marte (10, Wainwright), Jordy Mercer (9, Wainwright)
RBI - Russell Martin (52), Starling Marte 2 (46), Jordy Mercer (44)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Martin-Mercer
PB - Russell Martin (3)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Locke (L,6-4) 3454530 3.75
Brandon Cumpton 3200020 4.79
John Axford 1111000 3.83
John Holdzkom 1000030 0.00
WP - John Axford (5), John Holdzkom (1)
HBP - M. Carpenter (by Brandon Cumpton)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 86-46, Brandon Cumpton 50-32, John Axford 15-9, John Holdzkom 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 3-3, Brandon Cumpton 5-2, John Axford 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 18, Brandon Cumpton 12, John Axford 4, John Holdzkom 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3001021.276.376.386
Randal Grichuk, RF4030010.219.254.328
Matt Holliday, LF3000114.268.369.432
Jhonny Peralta, SS3110112.269.345.456
Matt Adams, 1B4000014.291.320.461
Yadier Molina, C3100103.288.343.402
Daniel Descalso, 2B2200200.239.318.304
Peter Bourjos, CF4221010.233.298.359
Adam Wainwright, P3013000.203.242.254
   Seth Maness, P0000000.400.400.400
   a-Kolten Wong, PH1000010.251.292.402
   Pat Neshek, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3067558    
a-struck out for Maness in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jhonny Peralta (35, Axford)
SF - Matt Carpenter (9)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (53), Peter Bourjos (21), Adam Wainwright 3 (6)
CS - Peter Bourjos (3, 2nd base by Holdzkom/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Descalso-Peralta-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,16-9) 6744133 2.69
Seth Maness (H,7) 2100020 2.94
Pat Neshek (S,5) 1000000 1.37
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 100-62, Seth Maness 31-21, Pat Neshek 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 10-4, Seth Maness 4-0, Pat Neshek 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 25, Seth Maness 7, Pat Neshek 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43693
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bill Welke