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Game 43: Cardinals 4, Padres 0

If it was turn back the clock day Tuesday night, someone forgot to tell the clubhouse folks to change the uniforms.

But it sure seemed like vintage Adam Wainwright on the mound.

The Cardinals co-ace threw a complete game shut-out, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out nine San Diego hitters.

The Cardinals got a run in the first inning when Carlos Beltran singled in a run to put St. Louis ahead. The rally was started by Matt Carpenter who hit a stand-up double only to grab his side as he eased up at the bag. He grabbed his side in what appeared to be the universal gesture for "I strained an oblique muscle" and left the field with the trainer to be replaced at third base by Daniel Descalso.

The slim lead had to stand up until the sixth inning when Descalso led off by being hit by a pitch and moved to third base on a Matt Holliday single. Beltran reached on a fielder's choice and Descalso scored when the throw to the plate beat him -- but San Diego catcher Joe Baker missed the tag and St. Louis doubled his lead to 2-0. Second baseman Tyler Greene hit into a fielder's choice that forced catcher Yadier Molina out at second but scored Holliday to make the score 3-0.

In the seventh the Redbirds added an insurance run when shortstop Rafael Furcal walked and Holliday doubled him home to account for the final 4-0 score.

The victory assured the Cardinals of a series victory over San Diego. Meanwhile Wainwright notched his third victory of the season and lowered his previously unsightly ERA to 4.78. I'm sure he'd like it to be lower. But it's certainly on the right path.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright

Cardinals Play of the Game: In the sixth inning with a Padre on first, Holliday made a sliding catch in left center to not only rob San Diego of a base hit -- but to start a rally killing double play.

Lowlight: Carpenter's injury

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