On the night the Cardinals honored the 1982 World Series champions, Adam Wainwright pitched and hit the modern version of the franchise to victory over Milwaukee.
Wainwright threw a complete game, allowing only one run in the Brewers first, to lead the Birds to a 6-1 win. At the plate he was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI to provide all the offense he would need.
Milwaukee's only run came on a Ryan Braun sacrifice fly to center.
Carlos Beltran hit his 25th home run of the season in the second to tie the game. Then the Cardinals unleashed a four-run outburst in the third. Daniel Descalso led off with a double in the gap to right center. Then Wainwright drove him home with a double to left center to put St. Louis ahead 2-1. Rafael Furcal bunted to move Wainwright to third. Then Allen Craig singled home Wainwright to make the lead 3-1.
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Holiday and Beltran singled to load the bases with one out and David Freese disappointingly struck out. But Yadier Molina was able to pick up his third baseman with a two-run single that made the score 5-1.
With the lead, Wainwright settled in to scatter five hits while strike out seven and allowing no walks.
Jon Jay added an insurance run with a solo homer that provided the final score.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright
Cardinals Play of the Game: Molina's two-out, two run hit in the fourth to give the Cardinals a substantial lead.
Lowlight: Fan favorite Willie McGee wasn't able to make the 30th anniversary celebration. According to Fox Sports Midwest, he had to stay in California where he coaches his kids teams and had a prior commitment.