Wainwright pitches Cardinals past Nationals for 3-2 win

WASHINGTON (AP) Adam Wainwright kicked his way to a nice break. Kolten Wong made his own luck.

Worked out quite well for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wainwright pitched neatly into the seventh inning, helping himself by kicking the ball over to first for a key out, and St. Louis beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals rallied for their fourth straight victory. It was the Cardinals' 18th win in April, matching a team record set in 2008.

A couple of key plays by Wainwright and Wong paid big dividends.

St. Louis was down 2-0 when Wong came up with the bases loaded and two out in the fourth. He drove in Paul DeJong with a perfectly placed bunt up the third base line , and Harrison Bader followed with a two-run single.

''I just wanted to try and get something started,'' Wong said. ''If I put down a good bunt, it's one of those where these guys are too far back where they wouldn't get me, and Paulie was taking his lead and would easily score.''

Washington pitcher Anibal Sanchez (0-4) admitted that the bunt surprised him.

''This guy, he's the perfect guy to do that,'' Sanchez said. ''Really good bunt and he's got great speed, so there's nothing you can do with the ball on the line like that.''

Wainwright (3-2) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Washington had a chance to get to him in the second, loading the bases with two out. Sanchez then hit a comebacker that Wainwright inadvertently kicked over to Paul Goldschmidt for the easy out , ending the inning.

The 37-year-old Wainwright grinned as he walked off the mound.

''It was kind of like `I'm just going to wear it and we'll take our chances that it'll have a good bounce,''' Wainwright said. ''It might have been the best bounce I've ever seen off a pitcher's leg.''

The Nationals grabbed a 2-0 lead on consecutive homers by Adam Eaton and Victor Robles in the third. But the Cardinals rallied in the fourth.

After Wainwright departed, Tyler Webb, John Gant and Andrew Miller combined for 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball. Miller got two outs for his first save with St. Louis.

Sanchez struck out seven in five innings. He allowed five hits and walked two.

Washington manager Dave Martinez said his team came up empty on too many scoring chances. The Nationals went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

''We get opportunities to score, we've got to capitalize,'' Martinez said. ''We've just got to move the ball, put the ball in play. We've got to start driving in those runs.''

WORTH NOTING

Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina worked together for the 248th time on a start, tying the duo with Atlanta's Tom Glavine and Javy Lopez (1994-2002) for 10th place among batterymates.

Molina went 0 for 3 with a walk, ending his hitting streak at 16 games.

MAKING MOVES

The Nationals brought up left-hander Dan Jennings from Double-A Harrisburg and designated right-hander Austin Adams for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Dexter Fowler (illness) got the day off. Manager Mike Shildt said he hoped Fowler would be available Wednesday. ... RHP Luke Gregerson (shoulder impingement) will throw a live batting practice session Wednesday. Gregerson, who has not pitched in the majors this season, has a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings over three minor league levels during his rehabilitation assignment.

Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon (left elbow contusion) was placed on the injured list, retroactive to this past Saturday. He had missed seven of the past eight games as the elbow was originally thought to be healing. Rendon played one game but the elbow issues came back. The Nationals did medical tests that showed there wasn't a fracture, but the team wants him to rest and let the injury heal.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (2-2, 5.29 ERA) pitches Wednesday. He gave up four runs and 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings in his last start at Nationals Park on Sept. 5.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (1-3, 4.12 ERA) has struck out an average of 14.85 per inning in his last three starts versus the Cardinals.

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  • W: A. Wainwright (3-2)L: A. Sanchez (0-4)S: A. Miller (1)
  • HR: WAS - A. Eaton (2), V. Robles (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Goldschmidt 1B50000022.259.348.517.866-1.0
P. DeJong SS31100100.342.403.6071.0104.0
M. Ozuna LF40000022.260.351.610.961-1.0
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K. Wong 2B40210011.272.398.467.8664.5
H. Bader CF40120031.224.387.429.8161.5
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T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. O'Neill RF10100000.303.324.455.7781.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Eaton RF51211021.296.357.400.7576.0
    V. Robles CF41111001.255.301.481.7827.0
    J. Soto LF40100012.248.368.467.8350.5
    M. Adams 1B30100101.275.296.549.8452.0
    K. Suzuki C30100002.250.302.396.6982.0
    J. Ross P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    C. Kieboom SS40000025.158.238.474.712-1.0
    B. Dozier 2B40000025.184.297.333.630-1.0
    W. Difo 3B20000100.247.321.356.6771.0
    K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Jennings P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Y. Gomes C10000010.254.329.381.710-0.5
    A. Sanchez P20000003.083.083.083.1670.0
    W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Sipp P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Kendrick 3B20100000.314.397.6081.0051.0
    M. Taylor PR00000000.200.368.267.6350.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - P. DeJong (14)
      • RBI - K. Wong (15), H. Bader 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (9), H. Bader 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt 2 (2), M. Ozuna, Y. Molina, K. Wong, H. Bader, A. Wainwright 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Eaton (2), V. Robles (5)
      • RBI - A. Eaton (9), V. Robles (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles, K. Suzuki, B. Dozier 3 (3), A. Sanchez 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Wong (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (DeJong-Goldschmidt)
      • E - K. Wong (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Wainwright (W, 3-2)6.16222523.731.3420.5
      T. Webb (H, 3)0.20000007.111.110.0
      J. Gant (H, 6)1.11000200.900.653.0
      A. Miller (S, 1)0.20000105.561.767.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Wainwright (W, 3-2)6.1
      T. Webb (H, 3)0.2
      J. Gant (H, 6)1.1
      A. Miller (S, 1)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (L, 0-4)5.05332705.911.723.5
      W. Suero1.01000306.921.233.5
      T. Sipp0.20000207.361.361.0
      K. Barraclough1.10001201.641.553.0
      D. Jennings0.21001100.003.00-1.5
      J. Ross0.10000003.861.290.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Wainwright (2)
      • HBP - A. Wainwright 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 80-55, T. Webb 6-4, J. Gant 27-19, A. Miller 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 8-6, T. Webb 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 29, T. Webb 2, J. Gant 5, A. Miller 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 94-60, W. Suero 27-20, T. Sipp 11-6, K. Barraclough 19-11, D. Jennings 18-9, J. Ross 2-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 1-7, D. Jennings 1-0, J. Ross 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, W. Suero 4, T. Sipp 2, K. Barraclough 5, D. Jennings 4, J. Ross
      • Balks - A. Sanchez
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Carpenter 3B40000140.202.328.356.684-1.0
      P. Goldschmidt 1B50000022.259.348.517.866-1.0
      P. DeJong SS31100100.342.403.6071.0104.0
      M. Ozuna LF40000022.260.351.610.961-1.0
      J. Martinez RF31200110.364.390.468.8583.5
      J. Gant P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      A. Miller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Y. Molina C31000112.262.289.393.6821.5
      K. Wong 2B40210011.272.398.467.8664.5
      H. Bader CF40120031.224.387.429.8161.5
      A. Wainwright P30000012.100.182.100.282-0.5
      T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. O'Neill RF10100000.303.324.455.7781.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Eaton RF51211021.296.357.400.7576.0
        V. Robles CF41111001.255.301.481.7827.0
        J. Soto LF40100012.248.368.467.8350.5
        M. Adams 1B30100101.275.296.549.8452.0
        K. Suzuki C30100002.250.302.396.6982.0
        J. Ross P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
        C. Kieboom SS40000025.158.238.474.712-1.0
        B. Dozier 2B40000025.184.297.333.630-1.0
        W. Difo 3B20000100.247.321.356.6771.0
        K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        D. Jennings P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Y. Gomes C10000010.254.329.381.710-0.5
        A. Sanchez P20000003.083.083.083.1670.0
        W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Sipp P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        H. Kendrick 3B20100000.314.397.6081.0051.0
        M. Taylor PR00000000.200.368.267.6350.0
        Total3427222820-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - P. DeJong (14)
          • RBI - K. Wong (15), H. Bader 2 (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (9), H. Bader 2 (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt 2 (2), M. Ozuna, Y. Molina, K. Wong, H. Bader, A. Wainwright 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Eaton (2), V. Robles (5)
          • RBI - A. Eaton (9), V. Robles (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles, K. Suzuki, B. Dozier 3 (3), A. Sanchez 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - K. Wong (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (DeJong-Goldschmidt)
          • E - K. Wong (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Wainwright (W, 3-2)6.16222523.731.3420.5
          T. Webb (H, 3)0.20000007.111.110.0
          J. Gant (H, 6)1.11000200.900.653.0
          A. Miller (S, 1)0.20000105.561.767.5
          Total9.0722282---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Wainwright (W, 3-2)6.1
          T. Webb (H, 3)0.2
          J. Gant (H, 6)1.1
          A. Miller (S, 1)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez (L, 0-4)5.05332705.911.723.5
          W. Suero1.01000306.921.233.5
          T. Sipp0.20000207.361.361.0
          K. Barraclough1.10001201.641.553.0
          D. Jennings0.21001100.003.00-1.5
          J. Ross0.10000003.861.290.0
          Total9.07334150---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez (L, 0-4)5.0
          W. Suero1.0
          T. Sipp0.2
          K. Barraclough1.1
          D. Jennings0.2
          J. Ross0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - A. Wainwright (2)
          • HBP - A. Wainwright 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 80-55, T. Webb 6-4, J. Gant 27-19, A. Miller 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 8-6, T. Webb 2-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 29, T. Webb 2, J. Gant 5, A. Miller 2
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 94-60, W. Suero 27-20, T. Sipp 11-6, K. Barraclough 19-11, D. Jennings 18-9, J. Ross 2-2
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 1-7, D. Jennings 1-0, J. Ross 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, W. Suero 4, T. Sipp 2, K. Barraclough 5, D. Jennings 4, J. Ross
          • Balks - A. Sanchez
          • 4TH INNING
            Bader singled to center, Martinez and Molina scored, Wong to third32
            Wong reached on bunt single to shortstop, DeJong scored, Martinez to third, Molina to second12
          • 3RD INNING
            Robles homered to left center02
            Eaton homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dan Jennings relieved Kyle Barraclough
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
            • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
            • T. O'Neill: O'Neill reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter walked, O'Neill to second
            • Joe Ross pitching
            • Yan Gomes catching
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Carpenter out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gant Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
            • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kendrick singled to right
            • Michael Taylor ran for Howie Kendrick
            • Andrew Miller relieved John Gant
            • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
            • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Robles popped out to pitcher
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • K. Barraclough Pitching:
            • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, DeJong flied out to deep center
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • Y. Molina: Molina lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Howie Kendrick at third base
            • M. Adams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adams safe at first on 2nd baseman Wong fielding error
            • John Gant pitching
            • Tyler O'Neill in right field
            • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki lined out to right
            • C. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kieboom popped out to second
            • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tony Sipp relieved Wander Suero
            • A. Wainwright: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wainwright struck out swinging
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
            • Kyle Barraclough pitching
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick grounded out to second
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton singled to center
            • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Robles hit by pitch, Eaton to second
            • Tyler Webb relieved Adam Wainwright
            • J. Soto: Soto grounded into double play shortstop to first, Robles out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Wander Suero relieved Anibal Sanchez
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
            • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wong singled to right center
            • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wong stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • C. Kieboom: Strike looking, Kieboom grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Dozier: Dozier popped out to shortstop
            • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Goldschmidt flied out to deep right
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, DeJong doubled to deep left
            • M. Ozuna: Ozuna fouled out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • V. Robles: Ball, Robles flied out to center
            • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soto singled to left
            • M. Adams: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Adams flied out to deep center
            • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to deep left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt flied out to deep left
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeJong walked
            • M. Ozuna: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ozuna lined out to second
            • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to left, DeJong to second
            • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Molina walked, DeJong to third, Martinez to second
            • K. Wong: Wong reached on bunt single to shortstop, DeJong scored, Martinez to third, Molina to second
            • H. Bader: Ball, Bader singled to center, Martinez and Molina scored, Wong to third
            • A. Wainwright: Pickoff attempt to first, Wainwright grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Difo lined out to center
            • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Eaton grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
            • A. Wainwright: Wainwright flied out to right
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • A. Eaton: Eaton homered to right
            • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robles homered to left center
            • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams walked
            • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Suzuki hit by pitch, Adams to second
            • C. Kieboom: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez singled to right
            • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Martinez to second on balk, Strike looking, Ball, Molina flied out to right
            • K. Wong: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Wong struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • M. Adams: Adams singled to left center
            • K. Suzuki: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suzuki singled to shallow right, Adams to second
            • C. Kieboom: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kieboom struck out looking
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third, Adams to third, Suzuki to second
            • W. Difo: Difo intentionally walked
            • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez lined out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeJong flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wainwright Pitching:
            • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
            • V. Robles: Ball, Robles lined out to left
            • J. Soto: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)