Wainwright earns first shutout, gives Cards win

THE SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

St. Louis, MO - Adam Wainwright was sensational on the mound, allowing just two hits and fanning eight batters en route to his first career complete game shutout, as the St. Louis Cardinals dominated the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-0, in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium.

Wainwright (8-3) has won all five of his 2010 assignments at home. The 28- year-old has also allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last four outings. It was his third complete game of the season.

Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who have won two in a row and six of eight overall. Ryan Ludwick had two hits, knocked in two runs and scored twice. Albert Pujols added two RBI for the victors.

Randy Wolf (4-5) gave up five runs on six hits in a 6 2/3-inning start for the Brewers, who have dropped two straight and five of six overall. Wolf also fanned four batters and walked four.

Milwaukee's only two hits of the game came over the first two innings. Rickie Weeks led off the first with a double and Corey Hart hit a one-out double in the second.

The Cardinals gave Wainwright all the support he would need in the third. Rasmus walked and Brendan Ryan singled. The runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt and Felipe Lopez grounded into a fielder's choice to plate a run. After Ludwick walked to load the bases, Pujols hit a sac fly to left.

Rasmus made it 4-0 with a two-run homer to right in the sixth. Matt Holliday hit an RBI double an inning later to make it a five-run contest.

St. Louis plated three more runs in the eighth for good measure. With runners on first and second and two down, Ludwick laced a two-run double to left. Pujols followed with a run-scoring base hit to left.

Wainwright retired the final 18 batters he faced after giving up a leadoff walk to Prince Fielder in the fourth.

Game Notes

The Cardinals took two of three games from the Brewers at Miller Park from April 9-11...Despite the loss, Milwaukee has compiled a solid 13-4 record over its last 17 matchups with the Cardinals held at Busch Stadium...The Brewers placed pitcher Marco Estrada on the 15-day disabled list and released pitcher Claudio Vargas. In another move, the club reinstated infielder Mat Gamel from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville...Wolf fell to 3-6 lifetime against the Cardinals...Wainwright improved to 6-3 in his career versus Milwaukee.


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