Wild Wainwright pitches Cards past Hamels, Cubs 2-1 to sweep

ST. LOUIS (AP) All Adam Wainwright needed was a little assurance.

The St. Louis right-hander got it from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt right after the first inning of the Cardinals' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

The 37-year-old Wainwright overcame a career-high seven walks to pitch eight shutout innings, leading his team to a three-game sweep of its NL Central rival.

Wainwright walked two of the game's first three batters before wriggling out of the jam by getting Javier Baez to ground into an inning-ending double play, one of three for the Cardinals.

Still not sure of the quality of his pitches, Wainwright leaned on Goldschmidt for advice.

''He came over to me and said your stuff is great, trust it,'' Wainwright said. ''Believe in it.''

''It was good to hear that,'' he said.

The Cardinals got just four hits in their fourth straight win.

Chicago was limited to three hits, and lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Wainwright (5-5) didn't allow a hit until Kris Bryant singled with one out in the sixth. He gave up two hits and struck out eight while throwing 126 pitches.

''I'm still about two inches off from being exactly where I need to be on a lot of those pitches,'' Wainwright said. ''I've just got to continue to reset my sights, knowing my stuff is good enough to get guys out.''

St. Louis manager Mike Shildt briefly considered removing Wainwright after seven innings.

''He looked right at me and said, ''I've got plenty of gas left,''' Shildt said.

''He was efficient, a pitch-maker.''

St. Louis catcher Andrew Knizner, making his major league debut, enjoyed watching the veteran go to work.

''It's his game. I was just back there trying to catch, steal a couple strikes and mainly try to stay on the same page,'' Knizner said.

Knizner caught Wainwright a couple times last season during his rehab stints on the Double-A and Triple-A levels.

Chicago starter Cole Hamels (4-2) gave up one unearned run on two hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked two.

''Wainwright definitely had it going,'' Hamels said. ''When that's the case you just put up zeros trying to match him - and see what happens in the end.''

The Cubs, who swept a three-game series from the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in early May, put runners at the corners with one out in the ninth against Jordan Hicks.

John Gant relieved, retired Addison Russell on an RBI grounder and got David Bote to ground out for his third save in four chances.

''Cole was really good,'' Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. ''But we've got to hit better.''

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead when Jedd Gyorko walked with one out in the fifth, stole second and went to third on an errant throw by catcher Willson Contreras. Kolten Wong, who had two hits, had a sacrifice fly.

Wong, playing second base, made a nice, over-the-shoulder catch of Anthony Rizzo's looper with two on to end the eighth.

Pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter added a two-out, RBI single off Mike Montgomery in the Cardinals eighth.

REYES MAKING PROGRESS

St. Louis RHP Alex Reyes, who suffered a broken finger on April 25, started on Sunday for Triple-A Memphis. Reyes could possibly join the starting rotation as early as next weekend against the Cubs, according to Shildt. He coming off a pair of solid rehab performances for Class A Palm Beach.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 3.59) will face Los Angeles Angels RHP Trevor Cahill (2-5, 6.92) on Monday afternoon in Chicago. The game is the makeup of a contest that was postponed by snow on April 14. Lester allowed a season-high seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 9-6 loss to Houston on Tuesday. Lester is 0-3 with a 10.29 ERA over his last three starts.

Cardinals: LHP Genesis Cabrera (0-1, 7.36) will face RHP Luis Castillo (5-1, 2.45) in the first of a three-game set against Cincinnati on Tuesday. Cabrera gave up three earned runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings in his major league debut on Wednesday.

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  • W: A. Wainwright (5-5)L: C. Hamels (4-2)S: J. Gant (3)
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K. Bryant RF40100034.275.389.549.938-0.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000103.290.404.590.9941.0
J. Baez SS40000022.298.343.556.899-1.0
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J. Heyward CF30100111.243.355.422.7761.5
A. Russell 2B30010103.274.338.484.8222.0
D. Bote 3B40000002.269.348.462.8100.0
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  • a-walked for Hamels in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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P. Goldschmidt 1B30000001.275.361.455.8160.0
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J. Martinez RF20000100.296.354.403.7571.0
D. Fowler RF00000000.253.382.403.7840.0
J. Gyorko 3B21000111.189.271.302.5733.5
K. Wong 2B21210000.237.332.387.7196.0
A. Knizner C30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Wainwright P20000001.100.143.100.2430.0
a- M. Carpenter PH10110000.223.335.388.7232.0
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Wainwright in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Russell (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, A. Rizzo 2 (2), A. Russell, D. Bote, C. Hamels
BATTING
  • SF - K. Wong (3)
  • RBI - K. Wong (27), M. Carpenter (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Carpenter (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Bader 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Gyorko (2), K. Wong (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Baez-Russell-Rizzo; Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - W. Contreras (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Goldschmidt-Wong-Wainwright; Wong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels (L, 4-2)7.02102403.621.2817.0
B. Brach0.21110103.701.73-1.5
M. Montgomery0.11000005.021.67-1.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels (L, 4-2)7.0
B. Brach0.2
M. Montgomery0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 5-5)8.02007804.341.3729.0
J. Hicks (H, 2)0.11111103.981.23-2.5
J. Gant (S, 3)0.20000001.150.707.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 5-5)8.0
J. Hicks (H, 2)0.1
J. Gant (S, 3)0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 84-52, B. Brach 15-9, M. Montgomery 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 8-7
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, B. Brach 3, M. Montgomery 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 126-70, J. Hicks 16-7, J. Gant 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 7-6, J. Gant 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 30, J. Hicks 3, J. Gant 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant RF40100034.275.389.549.938-0.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000103.290.404.590.9941.0
J. Baez SS40000022.298.343.556.899-1.0
W. Contreras C21000210.286.396.548.9442.5
J. Heyward CF30100111.243.355.422.7761.5
A. Russell 2B30010103.274.338.484.8222.0
D. Bote 3B40000002.269.348.462.8100.0
C. Hamels P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- D. Descalso PH00000100.200.291.300.5911.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Montgomery P00000000.333.333.333.6670.0
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  • a-walked for Hamels in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Bader CF40000012.231.343.410.753-0.5
P. DeJong SS30100010.276.376.477.8530.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000001.275.361.455.8160.0
M. Ozuna LF30000020.249.324.531.854-1.0
J. Martinez RF20000100.296.354.403.7571.0
D. Fowler RF00000000.253.382.403.7840.0
J. Gyorko 3B21000111.189.271.302.5733.5
K. Wong 2B21210000.237.332.387.7196.0
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  • a-singled for Wainwright in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Russell (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, A. Rizzo 2 (2), A. Russell, D. Bote, C. Hamels
BATTING
  • SF - K. Wong (3)
  • RBI - K. Wong (27), M. Carpenter (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Carpenter (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Bader 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Gyorko (2), K. Wong (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Baez-Russell-Rizzo; Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - W. Contreras (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Goldschmidt-Wong-Wainwright; Wong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels (L, 4-2)7.02102403.621.2817.0
B. Brach0.21110103.701.73-1.5
M. Montgomery0.11000005.021.67-1.0
Total8.0421250---
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels (L, 4-2)7.0
B. Brach0.2
M. Montgomery0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 5-5)8.02007804.341.3729.0
J. Hicks (H, 2)0.11111103.981.23-2.5
J. Gant (S, 3)0.20000001.150.707.0
Total9.0311890---
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 5-5)8.0
J. Hicks (H, 2)0.1
J. Gant (S, 3)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 84-52, B. Brach 15-9, M. Montgomery 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 8-7
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, B. Brach 3, M. Montgomery 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 126-70, J. Hicks 16-7, J. Gant 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 7-6, J. Gant 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 30, J. Hicks 3, J. Gant 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Russell reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Contreras scored, Heyward out at second12
  • 8TH INNING
    Carpenter singled to shallow center, Wong scored02
  • 5TH INNING
    Wong hit sacrifice fly to center, Gyorko scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • Wi. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward singled to shallow left center, Contreras to third
    • John Gant relieved Jordan Hicks
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Russell reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Contreras scored, Heyward out at second
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bote grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Dexter Fowler in right field
    • D. Bote: Bote lined out to center
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Cole Hamels
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Schwarber singled to shallow left, Descalso to second
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Rizzo lined out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Brach pitching
    • J. Gyorko: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Wong singled to left
    • A. Knizner: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Knizner flied out to deep right
    • Matt Carpenter hit for Adam Wainwright
    • Mike Montgomery relieved Brad Brach
    • M. Carpenter: Wong stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to shallow center, Wong scored
    • H. Bader: Bader flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Baez grounded out to second
    • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward walked
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Russell grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to first
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
    • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to shallow left
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo lined into double play shortstop to first, Bryant out at first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • A. Wainwright: Wainwright flied out to center
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bader grounded out to pitcher
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Heyward struck out looking
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Russell walked
    • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Foul, Bote reached on fielder's choice to second, Russell out at second
    • C. Hamels: Ball, Ball, Hamels grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gyorko stole second, Gyorko to third on catcher Contreras throwing error, Foul, Wong hit sacrifice fly to center, Gyorko scored
    • A. Knizner: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Knizner popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Contreras grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Foul, DeJong singled to right center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Goldschmidt grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, DeJong out at second
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Bote flied out to right
    • C. Hamels: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hamels struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Wong singled to center
    • A. Knizner: Strike looking, Knizner grounded out to second, Wong to second
    • A. Wainwright: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wainwright flied out to shallow center
    • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bader grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward flied out to center
    • A. Russell: Foul, Ball, Russell lined into double play second to first, Contreras out at first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
    • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Gyorko grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked, Schwarber to second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez grounded into double play first to second to pitcher, Rizzo out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeJong lined out to left
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)