Wainwright heats up, Cards beat Brewers 5-2 for 3-game sweep

ST. LOUIS (AP) One St. Louis Cardinals pitcher reached a career milestone, while another added to his growing reputation as one of the league's toughest relievers.

Adam Wainwright was warm enough on a cool day, allowing one run in six innings for his 150th career victory as Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

''It means something to me,'' Wainwright said. ''I'm proud to have been a Cardinal for the whole time of it, too, and I'm proud to win most of those with my brother (catcher) Yadier Molina and a lot of those in front of these great fans in St. Louis.''

Jordan Hicks preserved the win with a strikeout of last year's MVP, Christian Yelich, who had most of the day off but still got a chance to rescue the Brewers. Yelich came up as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

Hicks, known for his 100-mph-plus fastball, only threw one heater out of his five pitches to Yelich, the only batter he faced. He got the strikeout on a 91-mph changeup, earning his seventh save in eight chances.

''I won't tell you our scouting report, but obviously we're facing a good hitter,'' Molina said. ''He's hot and you've got to be smart in that situation.''

The Brewers loaded the bases with two out while trailing 5-1, but manager Craig Counsell elected to stick with Ben Gamel instead of going to Yelich sooner. Andrew Miller walked Gamel, setting up the Yelich-Hicks matchup.

''If you put him (Yelich) up in a tying situation, I felt like we were just counting on a home run there, and then Hicks has got some good matchups,'' Counsell said. ''So this way I thought that one of our other guys had to do the job, and Ben Gamel did the job, and I thought that gave us a real legitimate shot.''

Wainwright (2-2) matched his season low in runs allowed, and it was his first quality start in a game with a starting temperature of 60 degrees or cooler since May 27, 2017.

''Let's just step back and appreciate what an accomplishment that is,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said of Wainwright's 150th win. ''You look at the Mount Rushmore of the pitchers in this organization, which is pretty impressive, he's carving out a spot.''

Marcell Ozuna and Molina homered for the Cardinals as part of a four-run fourth. Ozuna's three-run homer extended his on-base streak to 14 games, and it was his 17th career homer against the Brewers, the most he's had against any opponent.

Molina's blast extended his 12-game hitting streak, tying him with Paul DeJong for the longest by a Cardinal this season. Paul Goldschmidt got the rally started with a single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

St. Louis' three-game sweep of Milwaukee was its first against its NL Central rival since July 1-3, 2016. The teams have already played 10 times this season, and Wednesday's result evened the season series at 5-5. They combined for 45 home runs in the 10 games.

Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) lasted four innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Zach Davies on April 13 was the last Brewers pitcher to turn in a quality start.

Brewers starters have gone 8-7 with a 5.84 ERA this season, and they are the only team in the NL whose starters average less than five innings per game. Help is coming soon, however, in the form of left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who has agreed to a one-year contract with Milwaukee, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.

''He pitched good for us last year,'' Chacin said of Gonzalez. ''Wherever he can help us to get going, because I think outside of having to get going, we haven't pitched deep in games. We haven't put the team in a good position to win ballgames every day.''

Eric Thames homered in the first for Milwaukee. The team's last 23 runs have come via the home run.

BADER'S BACK

Before the game, the Cardinals activated OF Harrison Bader (right hamstring strain) from the 10-day injured list and optioned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to Triple-A Memphis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: Yelich (rest) wasn't in the starting lineup for the first time this season.

Cardinals: OF Tyler O'Neill (right elbow ulnar nerve sublaxion) went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game at Double-A Springfield on Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.00 ERA) will get the start as Milwaukee continues its trip against the Mets on Friday. Anderson is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (2-1, 4.97) kicks off a three-game set against the visiting Reds and RHP Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 5.59) on Friday. Mikolas gave up a pair of runs in eight innings on Saturday, becoming the first St. Louis starter this season to record an out beyond the sixth inning.

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  • W: A. Wainwright (2-2)L: J. Chacin (2-3)S: J. Hicks (7)
  • HR: MIL - E. Thames (5), STL - Y. Molina (2), M. Ozuna (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Grandal C30100100.316.391.579.9702.0
T. Shaw 3B40100022.200.284.365.6490.0
R. Braun LF30000002.202.239.417.6550.0
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a- M. Pina PH00000000.190.346.238.5841.0
B. Gamel RF30010110.222.327.289.6161.5
H. Perez 2B20000110.250.313.477.7900.5
b- C. Yelich PH10000013.326.438.7931.231-0.5
O. Arcia SS30100011.222.267.420.6871.5
J. Chacin P10000000.429.500.8571.3570.0
c- J. Aguilar PH10000001.132.231.162.3930.0
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-hit by pitch for Petricka in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Perez in the 9th
  • c-flied out for Chacin in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B41000102.220.327.407.7342.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B31200100.281.373.594.9665.0
P. DeJong SS41200002.343.398.6261.0243.0
M. Ozuna LF31231110.272.366.6541.0209.5
J. Martinez RF40010015.344.359.443.8022.5
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Molina C41111002.267.287.422.7096.0
K. Wong 2B40100010.276.417.500.9170.5
L. Thomas CF-RF30200101.400.455.7001.1555.0
A. Wainwright P10000011.143.250.143.393-0.5
a- J. Gyorko PH10000011.077.200.077.277-0.5
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b- H. Bader PH-CF10000011.175.340.350.690-0.5
  • a-struck out for Wainwright in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Brebbia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Arcia (2)
  • HR - E. Thames (5)
  • RBI - E. Thames (12), B. Gamel (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Gamel (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich 3 (3), J. Aguilar
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Goldschmidt (3)
  • HR - M. Ozuna (9), Y. Molina (2)
  • SH - A. Wainwright
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 3 (21), J. Martinez (11), Y. Molina (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 2 (2), Y. Molina 2 (2), A. Wainwright, J. Gyorko
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Martinez, L. Thomas
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arcia-Perez-Thames)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt; Carpenter-Wong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 2-3)4.05441326.351.41-1.5
J. Barnes1.02001007.201.400.0
J. Jeffress1.01000200.000.823.0
J. Petricka2.02112104.501.831.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 2-3)4.0
J. Barnes1.0
J. Jeffress1.0
J. Petricka2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 2-2)6.04111313.961.3623.5
T. Webb (H, 2)0.10000105.060.940.5
J. Brebbia (H, 5)1.20000200.600.674.0
A. Miller0.21112106.752.04-3.5
J. Hicks (S, 7)0.10000102.611.067.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 2-2)6.0
T. Webb (H, 2)0.1
J. Brebbia (H, 5)1.2
A. Miller0.2
J. Hicks (S, 7)0.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Petricka
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 72-48, J. Barnes 16-8, J. Jeffress 24-16, J. Petricka 33-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 4-5, J. Barnes 1-1, J. Petricka 4-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 18, J. Barnes 5, J. Jeffress 4, J. Petricka 10
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Miller (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 86-50, T. Webb 3-3, J. Brebbia 31-21, A. Miller 22-12, J. Hicks 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 5-8, J. Brebbia 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 21, T. Webb, J. Brebbia 5, A. Miller 6, J. Hicks
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Cain CF40000010.263.333.414.747-0.5
E. Thames 1B42211010.273.327.614.9407.5
Y. Grandal C30100100.316.391.579.9702.0
T. Shaw 3B40100022.200.284.365.6490.0
R. Braun LF30000002.202.239.417.6550.0
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H. Perez 2B20000110.250.313.477.7900.5
b- C. Yelich PH10000013.326.438.7931.231-0.5
O. Arcia SS30100011.222.267.420.6871.5
J. Chacin P10000000.429.500.8571.3570.0
c- J. Aguilar PH10000001.132.231.162.3930.0
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Saladino LF10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Petricka in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Perez in the 9th
  • c-flied out for Chacin in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B41000102.220.327.407.7342.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B31200100.281.373.594.9665.0
P. DeJong SS41200002.343.398.6261.0243.0
M. Ozuna LF31231110.272.366.6541.0209.5
J. Martinez RF40010015.344.359.443.8022.5
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Molina C41111002.267.287.422.7096.0
K. Wong 2B40100010.276.417.500.9170.5
L. Thomas CF-RF30200101.400.455.7001.1555.0
A. Wainwright P10000011.143.250.143.393-0.5
a- J. Gyorko PH10000011.077.200.077.277-0.5
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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b- H. Bader PH-CF10000011.175.340.350.690-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Wainwright in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Brebbia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Arcia (2)
  • HR - E. Thames (5)
  • RBI - E. Thames (12), B. Gamel (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Gamel (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich 3 (3), J. Aguilar
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Goldschmidt (3)
  • HR - M. Ozuna (9), Y. Molina (2)
  • SH - A. Wainwright
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 3 (21), J. Martinez (11), Y. Molina (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 2 (2), Y. Molina 2 (2), A. Wainwright, J. Gyorko
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Martinez, L. Thomas
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arcia-Perez-Thames)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt; Carpenter-Wong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 2-3)4.05441326.351.41-1.5
J. Barnes1.02001007.201.400.0
J. Jeffress1.01000200.000.823.0
J. Petricka2.02112104.501.831.5
Total8.01055462---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 2-3)4.0
J. Barnes1.0
J. Jeffress1.0
J. Petricka2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 2-2)6.04111313.961.3623.5
T. Webb (H, 2)0.10000105.060.940.5
J. Brebbia (H, 5)1.20000200.600.674.0
A. Miller0.21112106.752.04-3.5
J. Hicks (S, 7)0.10000102.611.067.5
Total9.0522381---
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 2-2)6.0
T. Webb (H, 2)0.1
J. Brebbia (H, 5)1.2
A. Miller0.2
J. Hicks (S, 7)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Petricka
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 72-48, J. Barnes 16-8, J. Jeffress 24-16, J. Petricka 33-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 4-5, J. Barnes 1-1, J. Petricka 4-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 18, J. Barnes 5, J. Jeffress 4, J. Petricka 10
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Miller (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 86-50, T. Webb 3-3, J. Brebbia 31-21, A. Miller 22-12, J. Hicks 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 5-8, J. Brebbia 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 21, T. Webb, J. Brebbia 5, A. Miller 6, J. Hicks
  • 9TH INNING
    Gamel walked, Thames scored, Grandal to third, Pina to second25
  • 7TH INNING
    Martinez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Carpenter scored, Goldschmidt to third, Ozuna out at second15
  • 4TH INNING
    Molina homered to left center14
    Ozuna homered to left, Goldschmidt and DeJong scored13
  • 1ST INNING
    Thames homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Andrew Miller pitching
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain flied out to left
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Thames singled to left
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grandal walked, Thames to second
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • Manny Pina hit for Jake Petricka
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pina hit by pitch, Thames to third, Grandal to second
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked, Thames scored, Grandal to third, Pina to second
    • Christian Yelich hit for Hernan Perez
    • Jordan Hicks relieved Andrew Miller
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Brebbia Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to left
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • T. Saladino: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Saladino grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Petricka Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong singled to left
    • L. Thomas: Thomas reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Wong out at second
    • Harrison Bader hit for John Brebbia
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging, Thomas stole second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter fouled out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Webb pitching
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • John Brebbia relieved Tyler Webb
    • R. Braun: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Saladino in left field
    • Jake Petricka pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt doubled to left center, Carpenter to third
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong grounded out to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna intentionally walked
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Carpenter scored, Goldschmidt to third, Ozuna out at second
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez stole second, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain popped out to second
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Grandal grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Jacob Barnes
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Molina lined out to center
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Wong struck out looking
    • L. Thomas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Thomas reached on an infield single to second
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Adam Wainwright
    • J. Gyorko: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Gamel flied out to center
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arcia doubled to left center
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Jhoulys Chacin
    • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Aguilar flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jacob Barnes pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter lined out to left
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeJong singled to left, Goldschmidt to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna singled to center, Goldschmidt to third, DeJong to second
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ozuna out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grandal grounded out to third
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Shaw flied out to right
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Braun popped out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to right
    • P. DeJong: DeJong singled to center, Goldschmidt to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna homered to left, Goldschmidt and DeJong scored
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to second
    • Y. Molina: Molina homered to left center
    • K. Wong: Wong grounded out to first
    • L. Thomas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Thomas reached on an infield single to first
    • A. Wainwright: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wainwright struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • J. Chacin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chacin grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Thames flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Thomas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Thomas walked
    • A. Wainwright: Foul, Foul, Wainwright hit sacrifice bunt to third, Thomas to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Carpenter lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel lined out to third
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Perez walked
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Arcia grounded into double play third to second to first, Perez out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Molina grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain lined out to second
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Thames homered to right
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal singled to center
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Shaw singled to right, Grandal to second
    • R. Braun: Ball, Braun grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Shaw out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter flied out to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt flied out to deep right
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, DeJong flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)