The offense seemed to evaporate in the summer heat. But the Cardinals were able to stay cool enough Saturday to score a pair of runs. And that's all it took to beat the Dodgers for 2-0.
Adam Wainwright notched his 14th win of the season with six shutout innings. Meanwhile, Skip Schumaker drove in one run with a base hit and Brendan Ryan drove in the other with a sacrifice fly to get the job done and bring home the Birds' third straight victory over Los Angeles.
Trever Miller walked the leadoff batter on four pitches in the top of the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate. But he retired the next two and Ryan Franklin got the 27th out to put the Cardinals nine games over .500 for the season.
Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker leaps over Dodgers baserunner Andre Ethier to complete a key double play in the sixth inning of the Cardinals' 2-0 win over the Dodgers. AP photo.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright.
Cardinals Play of the Game: With runners on first and third and one out in the top of the sixth, Wainwright forced James Loney to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Albert Pujols made a snazzy diving stop at first base and then threw the ball to pitcher Kyle McClellan from his back for the out to get an honorable mention.
Lowlight: Colby Rasmus was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and stranded five runners on base.