Wainwright baffles Rockies over 7 innings in Cards' 3-0 win

DENVER (AP) Adam Wainwright silenced Colorado's bats yet again - maybe even some critics, too.

''No matter how many times I keep telling people, `I'm sick and tired of hearing he's not what he once was,' I've got to prove it,'' the 35-year-old Wainwright said. ''I'm working on shutting those people up.''

The right-hander kept up his mastery of the Rockies by scattering three hits over seven innings, Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Colorado 3-0 on Saturday night.

Wainwright (5-3) struck out six and retired the last 10 batters he faced as he moved to 10-1 with a 1.56 ERA over his career against Colorado.

He also said something unexpected about Coors Field.

''I love pitching here,'' he acknowledged. ''It's as big of a mental challenge as it is a physical challenge. You can very easily let the altitude and the lineup over there, the hotness of those hitters, you can let all that get in your head.

''I love overcoming obstacles like that.''

Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a run-scoring single in the third. Pham had the big blow in the fifth, when he lined a slider from Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (5-3) into the left-center seats.

The Cardinals withstood a scare in the eighth, with Trevor Rosenthal working his way out of a bases-loaded jam by getting Carlos Gonzalez to ground out. Seung Hwan Oh pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Freeland lasted six innings and gave up three runs for the NL-leading Rockies. He couldn't follow the lead of fellow rookie Antonio Senzatela, who threw eight shutout innings the night before.

''He gave us a chance to hang in there and keep it close,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''Their pitchers made pitches throughout the night that we couldn't muster anything.''

Indeed. Especially off Wainwright, who confused the Rockies by mixing his hard-to-hit curveball with a cutter. This was definitely more like the Wainwright of old, not the one who struggled through April with a 2-3 mark.

He's gone 3-0 in May by varying the speeds of all his pitches. He struck out Gonzalez in a 10-pitch at bat with a steady diet of curves in the fourth. Later, Wainwright froze Trevor Story in the same inning with a 92-mph fastball.

''All night throwing slow curveballs, and more and more and more slow curveballs,'' Gonzalez said. ''And then whenever he throws a fastball, it doesn't matter if it's 89, it looks harder than that.''

All part of his plan.

''This is a crazy place to pitch. You have to do some things differently here,'' Wainwright said. ''I've always had success here, pitching like that. I love pitching here, actually. I love coming here to visit. Love fishing and playing golf here. This is one of my favorite cities in the whole United States.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong was a late scratch from the lineup with left elbow stiffness. ''It's a little concerning that it's popped up again,'' manager Mike Matheny said.

ROSTER MOVE

The Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP John Brebbia from Triple-A Memphis and designated lefty Miguel Socolovich for reassignment. Brebbia turns 27 on Tuesday.

THIS & THAT

Wainwright made his 330th appearance for the Cardinals to tie Larry Jackson (1955-62) for 10th on the team's all-time list. ... OF Ian Desmond had two singles. ... The Rockies were shut out at home for a third time this season.

DOUBLED UP

Freeland worked his way out of early trouble courtesy of two double plays . St. Louis has now hit into six double plays in splitting the first two games of the series.

MABRY INFLUENCE

Mark Reynolds credits St. Louis hitting coach John Mabry for revamping his swing when he was with Cardinals in 2015.

''Really changed my mind from an approach of all-or-nothing to keeping my barrel in the zone as much as I can,'' explained Reynolds, who's hitting .316 this season. ''It's what I've been trying to do the past couple of years.''

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (4-2, 2.53 ERA) is holding right-handed hitters to a league-low .124 average.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (3-2, 3.86 ERA) will be the third straight rookie the Rockies have sent out against St. Louis in this series. He's 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA over his last three starts.

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  • W: A. Wainwright (5-3)L: K. Freeland (5-3)S: S. Oh (11)
  • HR: STL - T. Pham (4)
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J. Gyorko 1B30000102.322.373.555.9281.0
J. Peralta 3B40100001.200.256.200.4561.0
A. Diaz SS40200010.267.300.417.7172.5
R. Grichuk RF40000034.227.282.387.669-1.5
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  • a-walked for Rosenthal in the 9th
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D. LeMahieu 2B40000012.281.353.367.721-0.5
N. Arenado 3B30000100.287.346.564.9101.0
C. Gonzalez RF40000013.244.310.375.685-0.5
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M. Reynolds 1B30100110.316.392.573.9651.5
I. Desmond LF40200011.284.308.402.7101.5
T. Story SS40100023.192.303.424.7270.0
R. Hanigan C20000022.257.278.343.621-1.0
a- T. Wolters C10000101.312.418.403.8201.0
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  • a-walked for Hanigan in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Qualls in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fowler (5), A. Diaz (12)
  • HR - T. Pham (4)
  • RBI - T. Pham 2 (13), Y. Molina (19)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Gyorko (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - R. Hanigan, T. Story, K. Freeland, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 5-3)7.03001604.201.5430.0
T. Rosenthal (H, 6)1.00002202.450.932.0
S. Oh (S, 11)1.01000203.001.4210.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 5-3)7.0
T. Rosenthal (H, 6)1.0
S. Oh (S, 11)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 5-3)6.08332413.431.375.0
S. Oberg1.01000005.491.582.0
C. Qualls1.00000105.061.133.5
M. Dunn0.20003205.521.70-2.0
J. Lyles0.10000007.591.590.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 5-3)6.0
S. Oberg1.0
C. Qualls1.0
M. Dunn0.2
J. Lyles0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 109-66, T. Rosenthal 33-19, S. Oh 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 8-7, T. Rosenthal 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 25, T. Rosenthal 6, S. Oh 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 89-59, S. Oberg 15-10, C. Qualls 13-9, M. Dunn 27-12, J. Lyles 6-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 6-6, C. Qualls 1-1, J. Lyles 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, S. Oberg 4, C. Qualls 3, M. Dunn 5, J. Lyles
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Fowler CF42200110.216.311.418.7295.5
T. Pham LF41321100.339.411.5971.00810.0
Y. Molina C50110004.264.303.390.6932.0
J. Gyorko 1B30000102.322.373.555.9281.0
J. Peralta 3B40100001.200.256.200.4561.0
A. Diaz SS40200010.267.300.417.7172.5
R. Grichuk RF40000034.227.282.387.669-1.5
G. Garcia 2B30000122.262.377.323.7000.0
A. Wainwright P30000003.250.250.450.7000.0
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  • a-walked for Rosenthal in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40000012.330.366.622.988-0.5
D. LeMahieu 2B40000012.281.353.367.721-0.5
N. Arenado 3B30000100.287.346.564.9101.0
C. Gonzalez RF40000013.244.310.375.685-0.5
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T. Story SS40100023.192.303.424.7270.0
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  • a-walked for Hanigan in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Qualls in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fowler (5), A. Diaz (12)
  • HR - T. Pham (4)
  • RBI - T. Pham 2 (13), Y. Molina (19)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Gyorko (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - R. Hanigan, T. Story, K. Freeland, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 5-3)7.03001604.201.5430.0
T. Rosenthal (H, 6)1.00002202.450.932.0
S. Oh (S, 11)1.01000203.001.4210.0
Total9.04003100---
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 5-3)7.0
T. Rosenthal (H, 6)1.0
S. Oh (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 5-3)6.08332413.431.375.0
S. Oberg1.01000005.491.582.0
C. Qualls1.00000105.061.133.5
M. Dunn0.20003205.521.70-2.0
J. Lyles0.10000007.591.590.0
Total9.0933571---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 5-3)6.0
S. Oberg1.0
C. Qualls1.0
M. Dunn0.2
J. Lyles0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 109-66, T. Rosenthal 33-19, S. Oh 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 8-7, T. Rosenthal 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 25, T. Rosenthal 6, S. Oh 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 89-59, S. Oberg 15-10, C. Qualls 13-9, M. Dunn 27-12, J. Lyles 6-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 6-6, C. Qualls 1-1, J. Lyles 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, S. Oberg 4, C. Qualls 3, M. Dunn 5, J. Lyles
  • 5TH INNING
    Pham homered to left, Fowler scored30
  • 3RD INNING
    Molina singled to right center, Fowler scored, Pham to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mike Dunn pitching
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • G. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • Matt Carpenter hit for Trevor Rosenthal
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked, Carpenter to second
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked, Carpenter to third, Fowler to second
    • Jordan Lyles relieved Mike Dunn
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Molina grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Seung-Hwan Oh pitching
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds singled to center
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Wolters fouled out to left
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Chad Qualls relieved Scott Oberg
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Foul, Gyorko flied out to left
    • J. Peralta: Ball, Peralta grounded out to third
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor Rosenthal relieved Adam Wainwright
    • R. Hanigan: Ball
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters walked
    • Gerardo Parra in right
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Parra reached on fielder's choice to second, Wolters to second on 3rd baseman Gyorko fielding error
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked, Wolters to third, Parra to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Scott Oberg relieved Kyle Freeland
    • A. Wainwright: Wainwright flied out to center
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Fowler flied out to center
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham singled to center
    • Y. Molina: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Molina popped out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond grounded out to third
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Story flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grichuk flied out to right
    • G. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado popped out to first
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Fowler doubled to left center
    • T. Pham: Pham homered to left, Fowler scored
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Molina lined out to left
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Peralta: Ball, Peralta popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • R. Hanigan: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanigan struck out swinging
    • K. Freeland: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Freeland grounded out to first
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Peralta: Peralta singled to shallow left
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz doubled to left, Peralta to third
    • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
    • A. Wainwright: Strike swinging, Ball, Wainwright grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, Peralta out at home
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arenado flied out to center
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Desmond singled to left, Reynolds to second
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Wainwright: Ball, Wainwright lined out to center
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Fowler reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pham singled to center, Fowler to third
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Molina singled to right center, Fowler scored, Pham to third
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Molina out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • J. Peralta: Peralta flied out to center
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Diaz singled to left, Gyorko to second
    • R. Grichuk: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to shortstop
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Desmond singled to shallow center
    • T. Story: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story singled to right, Desmond to second
    • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hanigan struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to left
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, LeMahieu flied out to shallow left
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)