User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Soccer
More
Betting Tools

 
Cardinals stifle Cubs behind Wainwright

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

CHICAGO (AP) - Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was back in charge Sunday.

Advertisement
Wainwright struck out 11 and allowed one run through seven innings, and Jon Jay drove in four runs with a homer and double to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Matt Carpenter singled in two runs in the third to help back Wainwright (14-7), who allowed just five hits and one walk after going 0-2 in his previous four starts.

``It's as good as he's been all season,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ``He came out in the first and established all his pitches, had great life.

``His curveball was as sharp as we've seen it. That made the difference, it set the tone.''

Wainwright hadn't won since July 21 at home against San Diego and had allowed 14 runs in 28 innings during the span.

On Sunday, he faced only one batter over the minimum through the first five innings and only 26 through seven innings. He also beat the Cubs for the first time since April 13, 2012, a span of six starts.

``I just went out there in attack mode,'' Wainwright said, ``went out there with the right philosophy in understanding of who I was as a pitcher and just made pitches.

``I wanted to let everybody on the field know that I was in charge out there, so to speak. It's a team over there that's given me trouble over the last few years.''

St. Louis relievers Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal combined to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth.

One of Wainwright's strikeouts led to Cubs manager Dale Sveum and reliever James Russell being ejected from the game in the bottom of the seventh.

St. Louis was already ahead 6-1 following Jay's three-run homer off Russell in the top of the inning.

Wainwright allowed singles to Nate Schierholtz and Welington Castillo to open the bottom half, but the next batter, Donnie Murphy, was called out on a check swing.

Sveum disputed the call with plate umpire Phil Cuzzi from the dugout, then came onto the field to continue the argument following the ejection. Russell was tossed by third base umpire Tom Hallion.

``That's easily the worst checked-swing call I've ever seen. Sveum said. That's why the other umpires are there, to give him help.''

Junior Lake drove in the Cubs' run with a double in the sixth.

Chicago starter Edwin Jackson (7-13) allowed three runs, but only one earned, through six innings. He walked four and struck out three.

Jackson has been stronger in the second half after an 1-8 start. He got little support on Sunday and his defense didn't help when Lake dropped a fly ball in center field for an error in the Cardinals' three-run second inning.

``In pitching, things are going to happen,'' Jackson said. ``It was one of those things you try to battle down and do damage control.

``It definitely could have been a lot worse. You just try to keep them within striking distance.''

The Cubs have scored just 12 runs in their past eight games at Wrigley Field and have been shut out in five of those contests.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina had two doubles in his third game back after two weeks on the disabled list.

Starlin Castro was back in the Cubs lineup a day after being pulled for making a mistake the day before, and had an infield single. Manager Dale Sveum said Castro had atoned for his mistake.

On Saturday, the shortstop dawdled after catching a popup in shallow left field, allowing a run to score and Sveum pulled Castro from the game.

Carpenter's single with two outs and the bases loaded drove in two runs as the Cardinals jumped ahead 3-0 in the second.

With one out, Molina and Jay bounced back-to-back doubles just inside third base to make it 1-0.

Rookie Kolten Wong's deep fly ticked off Lake's glove for an error, putting Wong on second and Jay on third. Following an intentional walk to Daniel Descalso and fly out by Wainwright, Carpenter's hit up the middle drove in Jay and Wong.

The Cubs cut it to 3-1 in the sixth. David Dejesus, who had walked with two outs, scored on Lake's double to the gap.

Jay's three-run homer in the seventh off Russell, the second of four Chicago relievers, put the game away.

NOTES: Wainwright had a season-high 12 strikeouts on April 13 against Milwaukee. . The 23-year-old Castro, one of the Cubs' most touted young players, has struggled much of this season. He entered Sunday hitting .244 with seven homers and 32 RBIs, and was 0 for 16 in his past five games. But Sveum was willing to give him another chance. ``I don't think this kid can get better by not playing today and understanding the adversity that we all go through in a game,'' Sveum said before the same. ... Descalso, a left-handed batter, started at shortstop for St. Louis on Sunday against Jackson, a right-hander. He replaced right-handed hitting, Pete Kozma who played Saturday. Manager Mike Matheny stopped short of saying the two would platoon the rest of the season. ``I am still comfortable with (Kozma's defense), but I think we've all been becoming more comfortable with the innings (Descalso) has been playing as well, and how he's swinging the bat at times. I think you're going to see both of them.'' Kozma, was hitting .223 entering the game and Descalso was at .254. ... Wong, one of the Cardinals' top prospects, started at second on Sunday and appeared in each game of the series after making his major league debut on Friday.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: All-Star HR Derby Odds
News: All-Star Game History
Brewers snap 7-game skid, rout Cards
Royals rally past Tigers, avoid sweep
Angels hand Rangers another setback
Mets stay red-hot, sweep Marlins
Dodgers nip Pads 1-0 for 2nd straight day
Gray earns 10th win, A's down Mariners
Giants drop D-backs with 2 grand slams
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
8-3 Run, 10-3 G-Plays, +7,570 TY
9-2 G-Plays, 25-12 +1,384 Streak
11-5 L6 Days, 17-7 +1,032 L24
34-17 L51 Totals, +2,177 TY
+2,424 This Season
6-2, +483 Last 8 Selections
3-1 +245 L4 G-Plays, +2,000 TY
6-3, +445 Record Yesterday
8-3, +515 L11 Guarantees
4-0, +416 Last 3 Days
19-10, +1,036 L29, +1,904 TY
3-0, +335 MLB Picks Y'day
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Antony Dinero
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7950
Bruce Marshall + 2764
The Gold Sheet + 2539
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2996
James Manos + 2522
Dave Cokin + 1777
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2584
Matt Zylbert + 2049
Bruce Marshall + 853
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1317
ASA + 1090
Doc's Sports + 858
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3539
Mike Rose + 1630
Kevin Rogers + 1429
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1696
Mike Rose + 1503
The Gold Sheet + 1259
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!