Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Giants Make It a Bad Night for Wainwright; GIANTS 9, CARDINALS 4

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Giants Make It a Bad Night for Wainwright; GIANTS 9, CARDINALS 4

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What was it that former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa used to say when something normally very reliable went stunningly askew? "Even Sinatra had to clear this throat," would be La Russa's standard response.

So it went for righthander Adam Wainwright on Friday night at Busch Stadium. Wainwright has earned his reputation as one of the top two or three starters in the National League, but he had nothing for baseball's best club, the San Francisco Giants.

A two-out, broken-bat, run-scoring single in the first inning by Michael Morse was an omen. When opposing pitcher Madison Bumgarner singled to keep the second inning alive, more doom was at hand. After a run-scoring hit by leadoff man Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence took a bite out of a Wainwright offering and sent it 447 feet to Big Mac Land.

Wainwright (8-3) had dug a five-run hole from which the Cardinals never extricated themselves. The Cardinals' ace ultimately was knocked out after allowing a season-high seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 9-4 San Francisco victory before a paid crowd of 43,107.

"Every now and then you're going to have a bad day," said Wainwright. "That's what it comes down to, unfortunately.

"The knee-jerk reaction to this game is that you've wasted a lot of good starts with this one game. But that's exactly what it is. One game. I've got to flush this game and move on to the next. I just need not to over-think this."

As it played out, Bumgarner didn't need all that much backing as he raised his record in May to 5-0, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits as he blanked the Cardinals for seven innings. The Cardinals broke through only in the eighth against lefthanded reliever David Huff and righthander Juan Gutierrez when Jon Jay cleared the bases with a three-run double and Allen Craig, driving in a run for the ninth game in his last 10, doubled to score Jay.

The Giants raised their record to 36-19 while the Cardinals lost for the fourth time in five games on this home stand, dropping to just three games over .500 at 29-26.

Wainwright, who entered the game with a major-league best earned run average of 1.63, hadn't been treated so shabbily since he gave up nine runs in two innings in a 15-8 loss to Cincinnati last Aug. …

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