Adam Wainwright shook off his struggles against the Chicago Cubs Sunday to pitch seven scoreless innings and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 win they had to have.
Meanwhile, Matt Holliday, who has been criticized for not hitting enough home runs this year, cranked his fourth homer in eight games since the all-star break to provide the only offense in the game.
St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter collected three hits in four at bats -- and the one out he made was probably the ball he hit the hardest. But he was either erased from the bases or left stranded each time he got onboard.
Wainwrights seven shutout frames lowered his season ERA to 1.92 as his record improved to 13-5.
The victory pulled St. Louis to two games behind the Milwaukee Brewers who lost 2-0 to the New York Mets at home.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright
Cardinals Play of the Game: In the bottom of the ninth, Kolten Wong went up the middle to field a grounder on the backhand. He sprung up into the air and threw a dart to first baseman Matt Adams to record a valuable out and prevent the Cubs from getting a key runner on base.
Lowlight: The Cardinals might have scored more runs had they not hit into three double plays.