Wainwright, Cardinals avoid 3-game sweep, beat Padres 4-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright has always wanted to make a grand entrance. The veteran St. Louis right-hander got his chance on Sunday.

Wainwright led the Cardinals onto the field with his fist in the air, shaking and cheering to pump up his team as the crowd went wild.

The theatrics worked perfectly as Wainwright was in vintage form, pitching six sharp innings as the Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep by beating the San Diego Padres 4-1.

''I've always dreamt about coming out on the field, and cuing music and getting the guys to run out in front of me,'' Wainwright said. ''I texted the team this morning and said, `I've always wanted to do this. You might think it's corny.' But they were like, `Let's do it.'''

''It fired me up, that's what the goal was,'' he said.

The actions by the normally businesslike Wainwright set the tone for the rest of the day.

''He brought us out and kicked our fans into gear,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.

Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong, who drove in two runs, enjoyed the show.

''He's a leader and a legend in this uniform,'' DeJong said. ''For us to be out there competing (with him) is a true honor. We were all engaged looking at him.''

The Padres hadn't swept a series in St. Louis since 1980, and Wainwright (1-0) prevented it from happening this time at Busch Stadium.

The 37-year-old gave up one run and five hits. He struck out nine and didn't issue a walk while throwing 100 pitches.

The longtime star of the St. Louis rotation was injured for most of last season, going just 2-4 in eight starts. He struggled in his first outing this year, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks in four innings at Pittsburgh.

''I knew coming into today I needed to be in a better place mentally,'' Wainwright said. ''When I'm good mentally, I'm usually pretty good physically.''

Wainwright struck out two in four of his six innings.

''The stuff was definitely there,'' San Diego first baseman Eric Hosmer said. ''He looked good. You can tell he's feeling pretty healthy.''

Hosmer had an RBI single in the third for the Padres, who had won three in a row. San Diego's other four hits off Wainwright were doubles.

Jordan Hicks recorded four outs for his first save in two chances. He struck out Manny Machado with a runner on to end the eighth.

''He's got unbelievable talent,'' Hicks said of Machado. ''But I know I'm good as well.''

DeJong drove in a pair of runs with a fourth-inning double off Matt Strahm (0-2). Matt Carpenter walked and Paul Goldschmidt reached when left fielder Hunter Renfroe lost the ball in the sun. Renfroe was given an error on the play.

Carpenter added a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the seventh. Kolten Wong and Jose Martinez began the inning with back-to-back singles.

Wong pushed the lead to 4-1 with an infield single in the eighth. It brought in Yadier Molina, who led off the inning with a single, his third hit of the game.

St. Louis center fielder Harrison Bader made a pair of running catches and also threw out Renfroe at third on a fly ball to end the third.

San Diego won six of its first nine games entering the contest, its best start since the 2009 team also went 6-3.

''It's good for a club's confidence,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''Any time you have a chance to win three against a very good club, it's great, but we didn't seal the deal on that today.''

YADI ON THE RISE

Molina moved into seventh place on the Cardinals all-time hit list with 1,857. He passed Ken Boyer, who had 1,855.

''It's a great honor,'' Molina said. ''I'm seeing the ball pretty well.''

MOVES

St. Louis RHP Alex Reyes and INF Yairo Munoz were sent to Triple-A Memphis prior to the game. LHP Tyler Webb and RHP Giovanny Gallegos were recalled and in uniform.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: OF Franchy Cordero was held out of the lineup due to a sore right elbow. He left Saturday's game in the fifth inning.

UP NEXT

Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (1-1, 3.27) will face LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-2, 1.38) in the first of a three game series in San Francisco on Monday. Lauer tossed six shutout innings on opening day in a 2-0 win over the Giants.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (0-1, 7.20) will face LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 2.08) in the first of a four-game set in St. Louis on Monday.

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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I. Kinsler 2B40100002.176.263.294.5571.0
E. Hosmer 1B40110021.263.333.395.7281.0
M. Machado 3B40100022.286.405.486.8901.0
H. Renfroe LF30100121.364.440.9091.3492.0
F. Reyes RF30000112.091.214.136.3510.5
F. Tatis SS40000023.222.300.444.744-1.0
A. Hedges C40000022.227.320.364.684-1.0
M. Margot CF31100001.250.280.375.6553.0
A. Loup P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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M. Strahm P20100011.500.5001.0001.5001.5
A. Warren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Myers CF10000000.294.333.500.8330.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Carpenter 3B21110100.229.333.429.7625.0
    P. Goldschmidt 1B31000102.200.333.629.9622.0
    P. DeJong SS40120003.231.286.513.7994.0
    M. Ozuna LF40000023.219.242.344.586-1.0
    J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Y. Molina C41300000.189.250.243.4935.0
    D. Fowler RF30000023.160.323.200.523-1.0
    J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. O'Neill LF10000011.267.267.400.667-0.5
    H. Bader CF30200101.269.387.538.9263.0
    K. Wong 2B41210004.433.486.8671.3524.0
    A. Wainwright P20000010.000.333.000.333-0.5
    J. Martinez RF20100001.118.118.176.2941.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Machado, H. Renfroe (3), M. Margot (3), M. Strahm
      • RBI - E. Hosmer (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Hosmer (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - I. Kinsler, M. Machado 2 (2), H. Renfroe, A. Hedges, M. Margot
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Carpenter (4), P. DeJong (2), Y. Molina (2), H. Bader
      • SF - M. Carpenter
      • RBI - M. Carpenter (3), P. DeJong 2 (7), K. Wong (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong, M. Ozuna 2 (2), H. Bader, K. Wong 3 (3), J. Martinez
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - H. Bader
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - W. Myers (2)
      • E - H. Renfroe
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - H. Bader
      • DP - (Bader-Carpenter)
      • E - Y. Molina
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Strahm (L, 0-2)5.04212207.042.224.0
      A. Warren1.03110207.201.800.0
      A. Loup1.00001100.000.902.5
      R. Erlin1.03110106.751.69-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Strahm (L, 0-2)5.0
      A. Warren1.0
      A. Loup1.0
      R. Erlin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Wainwright (W, 1-0)6.05110904.501.3026.5
      J. Brebbia (H, 1)1.11001000.000.631.0
      A. Miller (H, 2)0.10000009.822.450.0
      J. Hicks (S, 1)1.10001303.861.0710.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Wainwright (W, 1-0)6.0
      J. Brebbia (H, 1)1.1
      A. Miller (H, 2)0.1
      J. Hicks (S, 1)1.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Strahm
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Strahm 87-56, A. Warren 31-19, A. Loup 13-5, R. Erlin 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Strahm 3-10, A. Loup 1-1, R. Erlin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Strahm 21, A. Warren 6, A. Loup 4, R. Erlin 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 100-63, J. Brebbia 23-13, A. Miller 2-2, J. Hicks 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 4-4, J. Hicks 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 22, J. Brebbia 6, A. Miller, J. Hicks 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      I. Kinsler 2B40100002.176.263.294.5571.0
      E. Hosmer 1B40110021.263.333.395.7281.0
      M. Machado 3B40100022.286.405.486.8901.0
      H. Renfroe LF30100121.364.440.9091.3492.0
      F. Reyes RF30000112.091.214.136.3510.5
      F. Tatis SS40000023.222.300.444.744-1.0
      A. Hedges C40000022.227.320.364.684-1.0
      M. Margot CF31100001.250.280.375.6553.0
      A. Loup P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      R. Erlin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      M. Strahm P20100011.500.5001.0001.5001.5
      A. Warren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      W. Myers CF10000000.294.333.500.8330.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Carpenter 3B21110100.229.333.429.7625.0
        P. Goldschmidt 1B31000102.200.333.629.9622.0
        P. DeJong SS40120003.231.286.513.7994.0
        M. Ozuna LF40000023.219.242.344.586-1.0
        J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
        Y. Molina C41300000.189.250.243.4935.0
        D. Fowler RF30000023.160.323.200.523-1.0
        J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. O'Neill LF10000011.267.267.400.667-0.5
        H. Bader CF30200101.269.387.538.9263.0
        K. Wong 2B41210004.433.486.8671.3524.0
        A. Wainwright P20000010.000.333.000.333-0.5
        J. Martinez RF20100001.118.118.176.2941.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Machado, H. Renfroe (3), M. Margot (3), M. Strahm
          • RBI - E. Hosmer (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Hosmer (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - I. Kinsler, M. Machado 2 (2), H. Renfroe, A. Hedges, M. Margot
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Carpenter (4), P. DeJong (2), Y. Molina (2), H. Bader
          • SF - M. Carpenter
          • RBI - M. Carpenter (3), P. DeJong 2 (7), K. Wong (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong, M. Ozuna 2 (2), H. Bader, K. Wong 3 (3), J. Martinez
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - H. Bader
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - W. Myers (2)
          • E - H. Renfroe
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - H. Bader
          • DP - (Bader-Carpenter)
          • E - Y. Molina
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Strahm (L, 0-2)5.04212207.042.224.0
          A. Warren1.03110207.201.800.0
          A. Loup1.00001100.000.902.5
          R. Erlin1.03110106.751.69-0.5
          Total8.01043360---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Strahm (L, 0-2)5.0
          A. Warren1.0
          A. Loup1.0
          R. Erlin1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Wainwright (W, 1-0)6.05110904.501.3026.5
          J. Brebbia (H, 1)1.11001000.000.631.0
          A. Miller (H, 2)0.10000009.822.450.0
          J. Hicks (S, 1)1.10001303.861.0710.5
          Total9.06112120---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Wainwright (W, 1-0)6.0
          J. Brebbia (H, 1)1.1
          A. Miller (H, 2)0.1
          J. Hicks (S, 1)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Strahm
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Strahm 87-56, A. Warren 31-19, A. Loup 13-5, R. Erlin 19-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Strahm 3-10, A. Loup 1-1, R. Erlin 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Strahm 21, A. Warren 6, A. Loup 4, R. Erlin 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 100-63, J. Brebbia 23-13, A. Miller 2-2, J. Hicks 24-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 4-4, J. Hicks 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 22, J. Brebbia 6, A. Miller, J. Hicks 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Wong reached on bunt single to pitcher, Molina scored14
          • 7TH INNING
            Carpenter hit sacrifice fly to left, Wong scored13
          • 4TH INNING
            DeJong doubled to deep left, Carpenter and Goldschmidt scored12
          • 3RD INNING
            Hosmer singled to center, Margot scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Hicks Pitching:
            • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Renfroe walked
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Tatis struck out looking
            • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Hedges grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Brebbia Pitching:
            • W. Myers: Myers flied out to center
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler singled to center
            • Andrew Miller relieved John Brebbia
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Hosmer lined out to center
            • Jordan Hicks pitching
            • Tyler O'Neill in left field
            • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Robbie Erlin relieved Aaron Loup
            • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Molina singled to center
            • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
            • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bader singled to center, Molina to third, Bader out at second
            • K. Wong: Wong reached on bunt single to pitcher, Molina scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jose Martinez in right field
            • John Brebbia pitching
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
            • F. Tatis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tatis popped out to second
            • A. Hedges: Ball, Hedges popped out to shortstop
            • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Margot lined out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Warren Pitching:
            • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wong singled to right
            • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to center, Wong to third
            • Aaron Loup pitching
            • Wil Myers in center field
            • M. Carpenter: Carpenter hit sacrifice fly to left, Wong scored
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked, Martinez to second
            • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong grounded out to shortstop, Martinez to third, Goldschmidt to second
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Warren relieved Matt Strahm
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina doubled to left center
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
            • H. Bader: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bader flied out to deep center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
            • M. Margot: Ball, Margot popped out to first
            • M. Strahm: Strike looking, Strahm doubled to deep right
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Strahm Pitching:
            • A. Wainwright: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Wainwright flied out to deep center
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Carpenter doubled to right
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt lined out to center
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, DeJong lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Renfroe doubled to left
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Reyes flied out to center
            • F. Tatis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Tatis flied out to center, Renfroe out at third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Strahm Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt safe at first on left fielder Renfroe fielding error, Carpenter to third, Goldschmidt to second
            • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeJong doubled to deep left, Carpenter and Goldschmidt scored
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna popped out to second
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Foul, Ball, Molina reached on an infield single to second, DeJong to third
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging, Molina to second on wild pitch
            • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bader walked
            • K. Wong: Wong lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Margot doubled to center
            • M. Strahm: Strike swinging, Margot to third on catcher Molina throwing error, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strahm struck out looking
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kinsler popped out to first
            • E. Hosmer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer singled to center, Margot scored
            • M. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
            • M. Strahm Pitching:
            • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Bader doubled to left
            • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wong grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Wainwright: Ball, Bader caught stealing third, catcher to third, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wainwright struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to second
            • F. Tatis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Tatis struck out looking
            • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Strahm Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna popped out to second
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Molina popped out to third
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Machado doubled to deep center
            • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Strahm Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Carpenter flied out to deep center
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)