National League Game Summary - Houston at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, August 21st)
Final Score: St. Louis 7, Houston 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Adam Wainwright continued to dominate the
Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals took the opener of a three-game
It took 105 pitches for Wainwright (12-10) to throw his fourth career shutout.
He held the Astros to five hits and only issued one walk. He matched a career
high with 12 strikeouts en route to his fifth straight winning decision.
In the process, Wainwright improved to 12-1 with a 1.58 earned run average in
20 games (14 starts) against Houston in his career.
"I don't know what more you could ask of him. He had everything working,"
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said about Wainwright. "He's been pretty
impressive here for a while."
Yadier Molina drove in a pair of runs and picked up three hits to lead the St.
Lucas Harrell (10-9), who pitched to a 2.06 ERA over his previous seven
starts, was ambushed for six runs on eight hits and three walks in five
"Today was just one of those days where it didn't really work out for me,"
The Cardinals jumped ahead with four quick runs in the first inning. Jon Jay
picked up a leadoff double and advanced to third on a groundout. He came home
on a balk to put the Cardinals on the board.
But St. Louis did not stop there. Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, David Freese,
Molina and Skip Schumaker delivered five straight singles to open up a four-
The Cardinals tacked on two more runs in the third after Craig and Freese
walked to start the frame. Molina lined a base hit to left, scoring Craig, and
Furcal lofted a sacrifice fly to right to put St. Louis up six.
Meanwhile, the Astros were unable to pose much of a threat against Wainwright.
The right-hander retired the first nine hitters he faced and did not allow an
Astro to reach third base until the ninth inning.
St. Louis capped the scoring when Jay singled home Rafael Furcal, who led off
the sixth with a double.
It was Wainwright's second shutout of the season ... St. Louis has won four
of seven games against Houston this season ... As a starter, Wainwright is
12-1 with a 1.45 ERA against Houston (16 earned runs in 99 2/3 innings), and
has never allowed more than three runs in a start ... Harrell's string of
seven straight starts of allowing two runs or less came to an end ... The
Astros have lost their last five games ... Houston went 0-for-6 and St. Louis
went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
08/22 01:17:46 ET