The St. Louis Cardinals again failed to receive any help in their bid to close out the National League Central Division championship.
The Atlanta Braves were beaten by the second place Pittsburgh Pirates who managed to score only one run all night. It was Atlanta's 16th loss in their last 20 games.
Fortunately, the Cardinals were able to put a couple of crooked number innings on the scoreboard at Wrigley Field while rejuvenated ace Adam Wainwright pitched a gem to allow St. Louis to take care of its own business.
The Redbirds win kept the club's margin over the Bucs at 2 1/2 games with five games to play for St. Louis and six left for Pittsburgh.
Wainwright shut the Cubs out for seven innings, scattering three hits and allowing one walk. He struck out eight. The performance earned Wainwright his second 20-win season in the big leagues.
St. Louis stands at 88-69 for the season while Pittsburgh is 85-71 The Cardinals were able to reduce their magic number to four.
Centerfielder Jon Jay strengthened his bid to be the Redbirds' lone .300 hitter this season with a pair of hits to raise his average to .306. And he was robbed on another blast to centerfield that seemed like a sure double.