Adam Wainwright, Jhonny Peralta power St. Louis Cardinals over Pirates in 7-0 win


Between pitcher Adam Wainwright and shortstop Jhonny Peralta, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-0 win at Busch Stadium. Wainwright picked up his 5th win of the season
Apr 27, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws to a Pittsburgh Pirates batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Wainwright was dealing on Sunday afternoon as Georgia native limited the the Pirates to three hits in eight innings on the day. Waino walked two and struck out seven to lower his ERA to 1.20 this season. Since allowing two runs against the Pirates on April 6 and four runs against the Chicago Cubs on April 12, the ace has not given up an earned run. This was the third consecutive game in which Wainwright did not give up a run.

Wainwright leads all of Major League Baseball with 5 wins. Amongst qualifiers, Waino ranks 3rd in ERA (NL, MLB) and 4th in the NL for strikeouts.

Carlos Martinez came on in relief to pitch the ninth inning. It was a perfect inning for Martinez, who struck out three batters in a row to end the game.

Matt Holliday continues to be an RBI machine for the Cardinals. The left fielder drove in Matt Carpenter in the first inning on a sac fly.

Jhonny Peralta led off the fifth inning with a home run.

After back to back singles by Holliday and Matt Adams, the Pirates challenged a force play. The call was upheld and Yadier Molina was safe at first. Allen Craig singled and drove in Holliday. Peralta would launch a 3-run blast to increase the Cardinals lead to 6-0.

In the 8th inning, Adams tripled and scored on a Molina sac fly.

With two home runs, Peralta will finish the month with at least six home runs–a new franchise record for shortstops in the month of April. Edgar Renteria owned the previous record of five, set back in 2000.