Wainwright, Fowler, St. Louis top Nats 5-1; Cards-Cubs next

ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright has pitched in his share of big games throughout a distinguished career. Taking the mound against an ace in a matchup with postseason implications, he delivered once more.

Wainwright put on another sharp performance to top Max Scherzer, right fielder Dexter Fowler made a sensational catch and the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Wednesday.

''That's as good as it gets right there in the regular season, competing against a future Hall of Famer and competing against a great quality team over there,'' Wainwright said.

''As far as competing, that's every guy's dream right there, competing against the best in this kind of atmosphere in September down the stretch. That's the kind of stuff I live for,'' he said.

Wainwright (13-9) has won all four of his starts this month, allowing just one earned run in 27 innings. The 38-year-old righty limited the Nationals to an unearned run in seven innings.

''It's just sort of simplifying and figuring out exactly who I needed to be,'' Wainwright said. ''I've been searching for that correct mix all year, and now I'm really trying to read hitters and just only focusing on executing pitches.''

Trailing by four, the Nationals put two on with one out in the eighth. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a drive off Andrew Miller that had the distance to leave the park, but Fowler jumped and reached far over the wall to make the grab.

Fowler had started the game in center field but moved to right when Harrison Bader stayed in the game after pinch-running for Matt Carpenter in the fifth inning.

''Dexter earned his Air Jordans,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''That was a big time play.''

''I did hoop,'' Fowler said. ''I thought those days were over, but I guess Asdrubal drew me out again.''

Tommy Edman and Matt Wieters homered for St. Louis, which began the day with a two-game division lead over Chicago and Milwaukee. The Cardinals play the Cubs seven times in their final 10 games, beginning with a four-game series at Wrigley Field that starts Thursday night.

''We won that game and now we got a little momentum here, beat two very good pitchers here this series, and now we've got to beat those Cubs in Chicago,'' Wainwright said. ''We haven't beat them all year in Chicago. We've got to beat them this time.''

The Nationals started the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Cubs and Brewers in the NL wild-card race. Washington has lost nine of its last 14, and is 1-2 under bench coach Chip Hale, filling in since manager Dave Martinez had a heart procedure this week.

''It's frustrating,'' Hale said. ''We know we're in the fight. Max was throwing great. He had his good stuff today, he felt good, felt good late into the game.''

Scherzer (10-7), who was born and raised in the St. Louis area, had not permitted an earned run in 17 2/3 innings at Busch Stadium dating to 2015 until Edman hit a solo homer in the third. It was the rookie's 10th home run this season, including a team-high five this month.

Scherzer gave up five runs in 6 2/3 innings. He left after Edman hit an RBI single for a 3-1 lead and Wieters followed with a pinch-hit homer.

Wieters batted for Wainwright and connected for the first pinch-hit homer of his career - he hadn't played since leaving a game Aug. 31 with a left calf strain.

Scherzer struck out 11, but fell to 1-2 in five starts since coming off the injured list with a strained back.

''''That's what happens when you play playoff quality teams,'' Scherzer said. ''It comes down to the little stuff. It doesn't matter how good the big stuff is. Everybody can execute the big stuff at this point. It comes down to the fine details and that's what kind of did me in.''

Wainwright gave up eight hits, struck out three and walked one.

Carlos Martinez got four outs for his 21st save in 24 chances. The Cardinals used three relievers in the eighth.

Paul DeJong drove in Harrison Bader with a swinging bunt to first base in the fifth inning to expand the St. Louis lead to 2-0. Bader ran for Carpenter, who hit a leadoff double and advanced on Yadier Molina's sacrifice bunt.

Trea Turner hit an RBI double for Washington in the seventh.

BACKSTOP ICON

Molina made his 1,938th career appearance at catcher, tying him with Brad Ausmus for seventh all-time in major league history.

DUELING CHALLENGE

Howie Kendrick appeared to hit into an inning-ending double play in the sixth inning. The Nationals challenged the ruling that Kendrick was out at first while the Cardinals challenged that Juan Soto interfered with Kolten Wong trying to turn the double play at second base. The call on Kendrick was overturned, while the call at second base stood in a challenge that took 3 minutes, 16 seconds to sort through.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Edman's drive gave St. Louis 10 players with at least 10 home runs for the first time in franchise history. The Cardinals had nine hitters reach double figures in 2000 and 2016.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Matt Adams (shoulder) took some swings in the batting cage for the first time since leaving Washington's Sept. 12 game at Minnesota with a sprained left AC joint.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (9-8, 3.86) faces Marlins RHP Robert Dugger (0-2, 3.95) to open a three-game series in Miami on Friday night. Sanchez has pitched seven innings in back-to-back starts for the first time since 2016 with Detroit.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (10-8, 3.05) opposes Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (11-9, 3.26) to open a four-game series at Wrigley Field on Thursday night.

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  • W: A. Wainwright (13-9)L: M. Scherzer (10-7)S: C. Martinez (21)
  • HR: STL - M. Wieters (11), T. Edman (10)
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  • a-grounded out for Rainey in the 9th
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  • a-homered for Wainwright in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (32)
  • RBI - T. Turner (48)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton (51), J. Soto (56), A. Cabrera (57), V. Robles (55), M. Scherzer 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (19), P. DeJong (31)
  • HR - T. Edman (10), M. Wieters (11)
  • RBI - P. DeJong (75), T. Edman 2 (32), M. Wieters 2 (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Edman (13), M. Wieters 2 (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Ozuna (60), H. Bader (28)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (24)
  • CS - K. Wong (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - T. Edman
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
  • E - M. Carpenter (8), D. Fowler (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 10-7)6.275501122.811.036.5
T. Rainey1.11001104.361.571.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 10-7)6.2
T. Rainey1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 13-9)7.08101303.831.3723.5
G. Gallegos0.00001002.100.79-1.0
A. Miller0.21000003.991.31-1.0
C. Martinez (S, 21)1.10000002.911.1110.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 13-9)7.0
G. Gallegos0.0
A. Miller0.2
C. Martinez (S, 21)1.1
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Rainey (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 109-77, T. Rainey 19-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, T. Rainey 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 97-69, G. Gallegos 6-2, A. Miller 10-7, C. Martinez 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 12-5, C. Martinez 4-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 29, G. Gallegos, A. Miller 3, C. Martinez 4
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A. Rendon 3B30000112.330.414.6221.0360.5
J. Soto LF30000102.292.402.568.9701.0
H. Kendrick 1B40200002.343.393.577.9702.0
A. Cabrera 2B40000005.250.331.422.7530.0
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  • a-grounded out for Rainey in the 9th
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D. Fowler CF-RF40100020.248.352.420.7720.0
K. Wong 2B40200010.284.361.423.7842.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000122.258.345.468.8130.0
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  • a-homered for Wainwright in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (32)
  • RBI - T. Turner (48)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton (51), J. Soto (56), A. Cabrera (57), V. Robles (55), M. Scherzer 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (19), P. DeJong (31)
  • HR - T. Edman (10), M. Wieters (11)
  • RBI - P. DeJong (75), T. Edman 2 (32), M. Wieters 2 (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Edman (13), M. Wieters 2 (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Ozuna (60), H. Bader (28)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (24)
  • CS - K. Wong (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - T. Edman
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
  • E - M. Carpenter (8), D. Fowler (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 10-7)6.275501122.811.036.5
T. Rainey1.11001104.361.571.5
Total8.08551122---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 10-7)6.2
T. Rainey1.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 13-9)7.08101303.831.3723.5
G. Gallegos0.00001002.100.79-1.0
A. Miller0.21000003.991.31-1.0
C. Martinez (S, 21)1.10000002.911.1110.0
Total9.0910230---
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 13-9)7.0
G. Gallegos0.0
A. Miller0.2
C. Martinez (S, 21)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Rainey (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 109-77, T. Rainey 19-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, T. Rainey 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 97-69, G. Gallegos 6-2, A. Miller 10-7, C. Martinez 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 12-5, C. Martinez 4-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 29, G. Gallegos, A. Miller 3, C. Martinez 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Wieters homered to right, Edman scored15
    Edman singled to left, DeJong scored13
    Turner doubled to deep left, Gomes scored12
  • 5TH INNING
    DeJong grounded out to pitcher, Bader scored02
  • 3RD INNING
    Edman homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes grounded out to third
    • Ryan Zimmerman hit for Tanner Rainey
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zimmerman grounded out to second
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • Andrew Miller relieved Giovanny Gallegos
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto flied out to right
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick singled to shallow right, Rendon to second
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep right
    • Carlos Martinez relieved Andrew Miller
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Robles grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Rainey Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Ball, Wong singled to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wong stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Wong caught stealing third, pitcher to third to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Bader flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes singled to right, Gomes to second on right fielder Fowler fielding error
    • M. Scherzer: Scherzer grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner doubled to deep left, Gomes scored
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Molina popped out to second
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, DeJong doubled to deep left
    • T. Edman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Edman singled to left, DeJong scored
    • Matt Wieters hit for Adam Wainwright
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wieters homered to right, Edman scored
    • Tanner Rainey relieved Max Scherzer
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler fouled out to third
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Strike looking, Eaton singled to left center
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Eaton to second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick reached on fielder's choice to third, Eaton to third, Soto out at second
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cabrera flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Wainwright: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wainwright struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler singled to left
    • K. Wong: Wong singled to left, Fowler to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Ozuna fouled out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gomes singled to center
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Scherzer struck out bunting foul
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gomes out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter doubled to deep right
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Foul, Molina grounded out to first, Carpenter to third
    • Harrison Bader ran for Matt Carpenter
    • P. DeJong: Foul, DeJong grounded out to pitcher, Bader scored
    • T. Edman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Edman struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick singled to right
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
    • V. Robles: Robles reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kendrick out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Goldschmidt flied out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Turner grounded out to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Edman homered to right
    • A. Wainwright: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Wainwright lined out to left
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick grounded out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to right
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Robles safe at first on 3rd baseman Carpenter fielding error
    • Y. Gomes: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gomes singled to left, Robles to second
    • M. Scherzer: Scherzer singled to right, Robles out at home, Gomes to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner reached on an infield single to third
    • A. Eaton: Eaton grounded out to first, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rendon flied out to center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Goldschmidt struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)