It wasn’t enough for Adam Wainwright to help the St. Louis Cardinals from the pitching mound in a 6-4 win on Tuesday night. The Cardinals pitcher also offered some help from the batter’s box.
For the second time in his career, Wainwright knocked in three runs. The last time came in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 4, 2010. The Cardinals are 7-0 when Wainwright records more than one RBI in a game. Tuesday night proved no differently. In his career, Wainwright has knocked in six runs while facing the Pirates.
With the win, Wainwright moved to 16-9 on the season as he made his fifth start against Pittsburgh in 2014. His 28.1 consecutive scoreless inning streak vs. the Pirates at Busch Stadium came to an end in the second inning when Russell Martin hit a home run. The streak was the second longest in Busch Stadium history for a Cardinals pitcher. Wainwright went 30 innings in 2009-13 without giving up a run to the Houston Astros.
Wainwright is still trying to find his grove. He hadn’t allowed two home runs in a game since September 2, 2013. On Tuesday night, he allowed three home runs for only the fifth time in his career. The last time it happened was against the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2010 season. The last time Wainwright picked up a win while giving up three home runs was against the Houston Astros in April 2008.
Seth Maness relieved Wainwright and pitched two scoreless innings. It was the seventh outing this season of two or more scoreless innings of relief.
Pat Neshek pitched the ninth inning and recorded his 5th save of the season.
Playing in right field tonight, Randal Grichuk had a three-hit game. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games played. Grichuk is the first Cardinals outfielder since Jon Jay in 2010 to have a three-hit day while playing right field in his 25th Major League game.
Center fielder Peter Bourjos picked up a pair of hits for his 12th multi-hit game of the season. He scored twice for only the fourth time this year and the first since May against the Atlanta Braves. Bourjos also drove in a run.
With the win, the Cardinals have a 10-8 advantage over the Pirates during the 2014 season with a final game remaining on Wednesday.
The Cardinals finished the night with a two-game lead over the Brewers as the Chicago Cubs soundly won with a 7-1 victory. The Brewers have now lost seven games in a row.