After getting uneven results from their lineup during a six-game road trip, the St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to continue putting up big numbers at home.
The Cardinals will go for their fifth straight win at Busch Stadium on Saturday night when they continue their series against the Milwaukee Brewers .
St. Louis opened a seven-game homestand with a 9-3 win over Milwaukee on Friday.
Yadier Molina had his fourth straight multihit game as he went 3 for 4, scored twice and stole two bases after missing the previous game with a sprained thumb. Daniel Descalso and David Freese each drove in two runs.
The Cardinals (57-49) had just completed a 3-3 road trip. While they scored two runs in each of the three losses, they plated at least nine in each of the wins.
The offense has been more consistent at home of late. St. Louis is 13-3 at Busch Stadium since the start of July, hitting .302 while averaging 5.6 runs. The Cardinals have scored at least seven runs three times during their current four-game win streak at home.
Matt Holliday , who had two hits Friday and has reached base safely in 29 straight games, is batting .459 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in his last 20 home games. Freese has hit .489 in 14 games at Busch Stadium since July 1.
While St. Louis sits eight games behind red-hot Cincinnati for the NL Central lead, it is only 3 1/2 back in the wild-card race - a deficit it will try to close during this homestand.
"In here, we can control what we do," manager Mike Matheny told the Cardinals' official website. "Do we aim to win this division? Absolutely. Do we start listening to the numbers and what everybody says we can't do? I absolutely hope not."
Matheny did get a bit of bad news Friday, with Lance Berkman going on the disabled list for the third time this season due to knee inflammation. The veteran first baseman had knee surgery in late May but has yet to fully heal.
"It just needs to get stronger," said Berkman, hitting .267 in 28 games. "It's been frustrating."
The Brewers (48-57) remain frustrated away from home, losing seven consecutive road games. They haven't dropped eight straight since a nine-game skid in 2008.
Ryan Braun went 3 for 5 on Friday and is hitting .400 over the last nine games with three homers and four doubles. Braun, though, has only four hits in his last 26 at-bats against Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.24 ERA), who starts for St. Louis on Saturday.
Wainwright has lost both of his outings versus the Brewers this year but hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in 10 straight starts against them, posting a 1.58 ERA with a 5-4 record.
The right-hander has yielded two runs or fewer in six of his past seven home starts, including Sunday when he gave up a pair in six innings of a 4-2, 10-inning defeat to Chicago.
Milwaukee will give Mark Rogers (0-0, 3.18) another start. He performed well Sunday in his first appearance in the majors since 2010, giving up two runs in 5 2-3 innings of an 11-10 loss in 11 innings to Washington.
The right-hander was the fifth pick in the June 2004 free agent draft but had pitched only 10 innings in the majors before replacing Zack Greinke in the Brewers' rotation.
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||60-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|August 03, 2012||Lance Berkman||15-Day DL||Right knee inflammation|
|July 28, 2012||Rafael Furcal||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|July 26, 2012||David Freese||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf cramp|
|July 24, 2012||Lance Berkman||Day-to-Day||Left game - HBP right knee|
|July 17, 2012||Matt Holliday||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left thigh|
|July 08, 2012||David Freese||Day-to-Day||Bruised left leg|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright did everything he could do to give the St. Louis Cardinals a win Saturday night.
Wainwright pitched a five-hitter and also contributed at the plate with an RBI double and a single as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1.
"I don't think you can ask him to do anything else," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny . "What I really liked about tonight was just how sharp he was with his fastball. He really painted both sides and getting strikeouts with it."
Wainwright (9-10) moved closer to .500 after starting the season at 0-3. He threw 73 of 98 pitches for strikes, walking none and fanning seven.
All of Wainwright's strikeouts came during a stretch between the third and seventh innings when he retired 13 batters in a row. The complete game was his second of the season and 10th of his career.
"Any time you keep the bullpen out of it, you bring a win home for the team," Wainwright said.
"I was able to get ahead and finish guys off with located fastballs," he said.
Corey Hart had one of the Brewers' hits. He said Wainwright looked a lot like the pitcher he was before missing 2011 with Tommy John surgery.
"He's one of those guys that throws strikes," Hart said. "It's tough because you don't want to swing at every first pitch he throws, but he's not a guy you want to get beyond in the count with."
Carlos Beltran hit his 25th homer, giving him an NL-leading 77 RBIs. Jon Jay also homered for the Cardinals and Yadier Molina added a two-run single.
Ryan Braun drove in the Brewers' run with a sacrifice fly in the first.
After spotting the Brewers that 1-0 lead, St. Louis tied it when Beltran hit the first pitch from Mark Rogers (0-1) in the second just over the right-field wall. The ball bounced off the stands and back on to the field, and Beltran initially had to stop at third. After a one-minute review by the umpires, Beltran was awarded home.
The Cardinals broke it open by scoring four times in the third.
Daniel Descalso and Wainwright led off with doubles and Allen Craig had an RBI single. Molina's two-out single made it 5-1.
NOTES: The Cardinals honored members of 1982 World Series championship clubs before the game and both teams wore retro jerseys. St. Louis defeated Milwaukee, then an American League team, in seven games in the Series that year. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez , who had a cortisone shot in his sore left wrist Thursday, was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game. . . . Marco Estrada will face the Cardinals' Kyle Lohse in the series finale Sunday. . . . Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia went 4 1-3 innings and allowed two hits and one run while striking out six in a rehab assignment for Double-A Springfield on Saturday night.