"He is a tough pitcher, obviously," said Washington first baseman
Adam LaRoche, who had a single in the ninth against Wainwright.
"Adam had his stuff working well."
Wainwright (3-1) walked three and struck out in the 17th complete
game and seventh shutout of his career. He added an RBI while
improving to 7-3 in his career against the Nationals. Wainwright now
has 102 wins with the Cardinals, the 10th-best total in team
"Tonight I had pretty much everything working," Wainwright said. "My
sinker was sinking, my four seamer was four-seaming, my curveball
was curving. But my cutter was back. That was a big pitch for me
tonight, something that when I'm throwing that quality, good, hard
cutter (and) not a sloppy, slurvy slider thing, it keeps those lefties
"He was really mixing it up," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said of
Wainwright. "It makes it a fun day. He just did it all. It was one
of those rare days. He had a really good cutter today."
The right-hander retired 18 batters in a row before pinch hitter
Steven Souza Jr. drew a two-out walk in the eighth.
Said St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina: "We had a good plan. The
fastball was moving a lot. He has four pitches and he is tough to
hit. He can do different things" to get hitters out.
St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday had two hits and two RBIs, and
shortstop Jhonny Peralta, third baseman Matt Carpenter and second
baseman Kolten Wong each two hits for the Cardinals. St. Louis first
baseman Matt Adams drove in three runs.
"He is using the whole field," Matheny said of Adams, who is hitting
The Nationals' defense made four errors to up its
major-league-leading total to 20. Washington fell to 1-6 this season
against the Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, playoff teams from a year
"The numbers are what they are," Washington shortstop Ian Desmond
said. "I believe in this team. You have to go out and execute. We
are going to fix it. That is not acceptable."
Are the Nationals worried they don't measure up to the top teams in
"I wouldn't say worried. We have to start showing" we can play with
them, LaRoche said.
Washington starter Taylor Jordan (0-2) allowed seven runs (five
earned) in 5 1/3 innings.
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St. Louis took a 3-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Holliday,
an RBI groundout by Adams and a run-scoring single to left by
The Nationals' only hit through the first eight innings was a high
chopper in front of the mound hit by Desmond in the second that
Wainwright could not make a play on.
The Cardinals made it 4-0 in the fourth as Peralta scored on a
fielder's choice by Wainwright.
In the sixth, Holliday added an RBI single and Adams hit a two-run
single. Wong's seventh-inning single capped the scoring.
The game-time temperature was 49 degrees, with a stiff wind blowing
in from right field. Desmond made two errors in the first four
innings, and Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa and right
fielder Jayson Werth also were charged with errors.
St. Louis left 15 runners on base. "There were other opportunities
out there. But you are never going to complain about (scoring) eight
runs," Matheny said.
NOTES: It was Jackie Robinson Day at Nationals Park since it was the
first game for Washington since Tuesday, the day most of the major
leagues marked the annual event. Former pitcher Mamie "Peanut"
Johnson, a local resident who was one of the few women to play in
the Negro Leagues, was recognized before the game. ... Washington
Capitals right winger Joel Ward threw out the first pitch. ... St.
Louis RHP Joe Kelly (hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day
disabled list, and the Cardinals optioned RHP Keith Butler to
Triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals called up RHPs Eric Fornataro and
Jorge Rondon from Memphis. ... Friday's scheduled starters are
Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.50 ERA) and Cardinals RHP Michael
Wacha (2-0, 1.89 ERA).
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