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Adam Wainwright pitches the Cardinals back into first place with gem against the Pirates

Sep 7, 2013, 11:05 PM EST

Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch to a Pirates batter during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in St. Louiss Reuters

The NL Central continues to provide drama as September rages on, with the Cardinals and Pirates waging battle for first place in the division this weekend. Adam Wainwright brought his A-game with his team entering the night 0.5 games out of first place, as he shut the Pirates out over seven innings of work. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight, lowering his ERA to 3.03 in the process.

The Cardinal offense got to Pirates starter Jeff Locke in the fourth, scoring twice on a David Freese sacrifice fly and a Pete Kozma RBI single. They would tack on a run in each of the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings as well, more than enough support for their ace. Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness, and Randy Choate teamed up for the final six outs of the game to lock up the 5-0 victory, pushing the Cardinals 0.5 games ahead of the Pirates at the top of the NL Central.

  1. steelers88 - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Stupid SI cover!

  2. gibbyfan - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    good to see Waino back in form……….really bad umpiring in tonights game…..especially calling balls and strikes

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      You nailed it Bob. I wondered if anyone else saw that display put on by the home plate umpire.
      Dude was squeezing Locke something fierce. It’s pretty bad when a fan of the other team notices it.

  3. Jeff - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Go Cardinals!
    Hope to see a repeat of the the 2006 World Series, with a Tigers win.

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Don’t look back guys. The Reds are creeping up on you

    • gibbyfan - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      no question about it–REds are solid and Chapman is some kind of a weapon…….I dread a plyoff against that team –would rather face the dodgers……
      hoping for a reply of 67 series —cards/bosox

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