The Cardinals on Friday rode a dominant performance by starter Adam Wainwright to an easy 8-0 win over Milwaukee -- and to sole posession of first place in the National League Central.
Wainwright pitched a complete game shutout, the first of his career. It was his third complete game of the season, which matches his total from the entire season last year. He allowed only two hits -- one to the first hitter of the game -- and walked one while striking out eight Brewers.
Cardinals centerfielder Colby Rasmus crosses the plate after hitting a homer in the sixth inning against Brewers starter Randy Wolf. AP photo.
Ryan Ludwick, Colby Rasmus and Brendan Ryan all had four hits as the Birds chipped away at lefty Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf. They scored two in the third, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to knock Wolf out of the game. The Cardinals then roughed up former teammate Jeff Suppan for three runs in the eighth to salt the game away.
Washington beat Cincinnati 4-2 to drop the Reds to a game behind St. Louis.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Colby Rasmus was racking up the strikeouts before getting his contacts checked. Since his prescription was changed, he's been on a tear and Friday was no different. He hit a towering homer in the sixth to break the game open -- more noteworthy because it was off a lefty.
Lowlight: Yadier Molina continues to slump with an 0-for-4 night that saw his average drop to .253. But he hit a couple of balls very hard including one that nearly got down into the gap in right center. He's not missing by much.