Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright on Friday became the 42nd 20-game winner in team history.
He beat the Cubs 7-1 at Wrigley Field, allowing only a solo homer by Aramis Ramirez in six innings pitched. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out seven Wee Bears. Wainwright also had an RBI double to help his own cause.
The Redbirds scored three times in the first when Albert Pujols walked with two outs, Matt Holliday singled and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer. They added a run in the second when Brendan Ryan doubled with one out and then Wainwright did the same. The put up two more in the third when Pujols and Holliday walked. Pujols stole third and then scored when Craig hit into a double play. Pedro Feliz singled then Matt Pagnozzi doubled him home. In the fourth, Aaron Miles singled. Rasmus, Pujols and Jon Jay -- batting for Allen Craig -- walked to drive in the Birds's seventh run.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright throws a pitch Friday against the Cubs. AP photos.
Brendan Ryan was the only Cardinals batter who had more than one hit -- he had two. But the Cardinals collected seven walks -- including five by Pujols and Holliday -- to pace their attack.
Chris Carpenter was the most recent St. Louis pitcher to win 20 or more games. He notched 21 wins in 2005 on the way to winning the Cy Young Award. That number seems in reach with nine games left in the season. Wainwright should make at least one more start, and he could make two if the Cardinals wanted to push it.
The other Cardinals to win 20 games in the 2000s are Matt Morris -- who had 22 in 2001 -- and Darryl Kyle who won 20 in 2000. Bob Gibson won 20 games a season five times, Dizzy Dean won 20 or more four -- including notching 30 victories in 1934, the all-time team record for victories in a season since 1901.