Wainwright silences Padres

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St. Louis, MO Adam Wainwright pitched eight strong innings and the Cardinals shut down San Diego, 4-1, in the finale a four-game series.

Wainwright (19-11), who won for just the second time in his last seven starts, allowed five hits, one run, walked three and had seven strikeouts. The 19 wins ties a career-best, as the right-hander also accomplished the feat last year.

Colby Rasmus homered for the Cardinals, who pulled within six games of the NL Central-leading Reds. Cincinnati lost at Houston Sunday.

Jon Garland (14-12) gave up five hits and four runs over seven innings for San Diego, which fell into a tie for first in the NL West pending San Francisco's outcome later today against Milwaukee.

Jon Jay walked and Albert Pujols singled in the bottom of the first inning to set up Matt Holliday's RBI base hit. After Rasmus walked, Pedro Feliz lifted a sacrifice fly to right.

Wainwright didn't allow a hit until Will Venable led off the sixth inning with a single.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals were building their lead. as Brendan Ryan's sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 3-0. Rasmus went deep leading off the bottom of the sixth.

San Diego's lone run came in the eighth. Venable doubled with one out, David Eckstein singled, and with two down Adrian Gonzalez slapped a base hit to left. But with two men on base, former Cardinal Ryan Ludwick popped out.

Ryan Franklin gave up a double to Yorvit Torrealba in the ninth, but managed to record his 25th save.

Game Notes

Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is retiring because of concussions. LaRue told the newspaper that he is "done" after sustaining a severe concussion during an August 10 game against Cincinnati, when Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto kicked him in the head during a brawl...The Padres went 2-for-11 with men in scoring position...Wainwright has allowed just two runs in his last 22 innings pitched against the Padres.


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