National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Chicago|
(Sunday, August 18th)
Final Score: St. Louis 6, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jon Jay drove in four runs and Adam Wainwright
turned in a seven-inning gem to become the National League's second 14-game
winner this season, with the pair leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1
ousting of the Chicago Cubs in the rubber match of a three-game series from
Wainwright (14-7) racked up 11 strikeouts while yielding one run on just five
hits and a walk to join Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the NL lead in
victories. The St. Louis ace was backed by Jay's two hits, one an RBI single
and the other a game-breaking three-run homer in the seventh inning.
Matt Carpenter added a two-run single and Yadier Molina had two doubles and
scored twice for the Cardinals, who pulled within a game of first-place
Pittsburgh in the NL Central race with the triumph.
Junior Lake had three of Chicago's six hits and knocked in the Cubs' only run
with a sixth-inning double. Edwin Jackson (7-13) pitched well in defeat,
permitting three runs -- one earned -- despite walking four over six innings.
"This is a tough team and I wanted to keep the game within striking distance,"
said Jackson. "I challenged them, but there were times when I could have come
out and gotten ahead of them in counts early in the game and saved myself some
Jackson's fate was sealed by his only bad inning of the day, a rough top of
the second in which the Cardinals took advantage of a costly error by Lake in
center field to jump out to a 3-0 advantage.
After consecutive doubles from Molina and Jay produced the game's first
run, Lake dropped a routine fly ball off the bat of Kolten Wong that put
runners at second and third with one out. Jackson nearly got out of the jam by
getting Wainwright to pop up following an intentional walk to Daniel Descalso
that loaded the bases. However, Carpenter came through with a hard single up
the middle that plated a pair of runners to extend the lead.
"When you have Waino on the mound, any time you get a chance to score and give
him that comfortable lead, we want to do that," Carpenter said. "I was able to
get a pitch I could handle, put a good swing on it and hit it up the middle."
Wainwright, meanwhile, was masterful. He allowed a first-inning single to Lake
but erased him on a double play, and a base hit to Starlin Castro in the third
before setting down the next 11 hitters until issuing a two-out walk to David
DeJesus in the sixth.
"I thought that was as good as he's been this season," Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny said of Wainwright. "He came out in the first and established all his
pitches and had great life. His curveball was as sharp as we've seen it, and
that made a difference."
Lake did atone for his defensive lapse by following DeJesus' walk with a
double into the left-center field gap that cut Chicago's deficit to 3-1.
That score didn't last long, however. Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva walked
Allen Craig and surrendered a double to Molina in the seventh before giving
way to James Russell, whose third pitch of the game was socked by Jay into the
bleachers in left center to give Wainwright plenty of breathing room.
Wainwright gave up back-to-back singles to Nate Schierholtz and Welington
Castillo to begin Chicago's half of the seventh, but closed out his superb
stint by striking out the next three batters swinging.
Both Russell and Cubs manager Dale Sveum were ejected from the dugout in the
bottom of the seventh for arguing a called swing on Donnie Murphy that
resulted in a Wainwright strikeout ... Wainwright's 11 K's were one short of a
career high, which he matched in a shutout of Milwaukee on April 13 ... The
loss was the Cubs' 13th in their last 15 games at Wrigley Field, and they've
managed just 12 runs in their last eight contests at home ... Wainwright
notched his first win over the Cubs since Sept. 24, 2010 and improved to 6-0
in 11 lifetime starts at Wrigley ... Jackson had won each of his last four
starts at home since an 8-4 loss to Arizona on June 2.
08/18 20:04:51 ET