St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Adam Wainwright gave up a pair of two-out
singles in the eighth inning of a tie game, drawing a visit from his manager.
Mike Matheny stuck with his ace, even after he walked the next batter.
They were rewarded with a win.
Wainwright pitched out of the bases-loaded jam and Kolten Wong hit a go-ahead
sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to
a 2-1 win on Sunday night and a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.
Cincinnati starter Mike Leake was just as good as Wainwright, if not better,
but gave up a leadoff double on a 90 mph sinker to Jon Jay in the eighth —
just the Cardinals’ fourth hit of the game.
Jay moved up on Yadier Molina’s slow groundout to third base and scored easily
on Wong’s fly out to deep left field, breaking a tie that lasted most of the
Jordan Walden then pitched around a leadoff single by Brennan Boesch in the
top of the ninth, stranding him at second base to record his first save of the
Wainwright (2-1) retired 12 batters in a row at one point and gave up seven
hits, one run and two walks while throwing 67 of his 102 pitches for strikes.
Leake (0-1) had a string of 15 consecutive outs and threw just 86 pitches in
his eight innings, including 66 for strikes. He gave up four hits and no walks
while striking out three.
The pitchers’ duel moved the game along at a brisk pace.
It finished in just 2 hours and 2 minutes.
The Cardinals, who have won five in a row overall, moved to 5-1 against the
Reds this season.
Boesch and Joey Votto had two hits apiece for the Reds, who have dropped four
in a row and seven of their last eight since beating St. Louis in the opener
of a three-game series on April 10.
Matt Carpenter hit his second homer of the season on Leake’s 2-1 fastball
leading off the bottom of the first inning.
Votto singled for the second consecutive at-bat with two outs in the third
inning, went to second on Todd Frazier’s walk and scored on Brandon Phillips’
single to tie the score at 1-1.
Leake retired 15 in a row before Carpenter stroked his second hit of the game,
a one-out single in the sixth inning.
Wainwright retired 12 in a row before Tucker Barnhart’s two-out single in the
Both of Carpenter’s home runs this season have come against the Reds …
Wainwright had four strikeouts … The Reds will finish a 10-game road trip
with a four-game set in Milwaukee that starts Monday … The Cardinals will
start a six-game road trip on Tuesday in Washington.