Published July 17, 2010
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched six sharp innings to improve to 10-0 at home and Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan each drove in a run, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Saturday.
Wainwright (14-5), who lowered his ERA to 2.02, has allowed just one earned run in his last 29 1-3 innings. The All-Star right-hander gave up five hits and struck out three in winning his fourth successive decision and sixth in the last seven. His ERA at Busch Stadium dropped to 1.31.
St. Louis has won four in a row and has outscored Los Angeles 17-5 while winning the first three games of the four-game series. The Cardinals began the day a half-game behind Cincinnati for first place in the NL Central.
Wainwright became the first St. Louis pitcher to win his first 10 starts at home since at least 1920, according to STATS LLC.
Kyle McClellan followed Wainwright with two innings of one-hit relief. With a runner on first and two outs in the ninth, Ryan Franklin came on to retire Casey Blake for his 17th save in 18 opportunities.
Schumaker drove in Jon Jay with a double in the fourth off starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-8), who gave up one run and four hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
Jay, who had a 12-game hitting streak snapped, reached on a fielder's choice with one out, barely beating the throw to first. Yadier Molina followed with a single and Schumaker hit a line drive just beyond the reach of first baseman James Loney.
Ryan, who entered in the seventh, drove in Albert Pujols with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Pujols walked and Matt Holliday singled off reliever Jeff Weaver.
Wainwright threw 89 pitches on a hot day, 55 for strikes. The temperature reached 94 degrees during the game, with a heat index of 107.
Rafael Furcal and Blake DeWitt had two hits each for the Dodgers.
Pujols went 0 for 3 with a walk.
NOTES: Tennis player Anna Kournikova threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Kournikova plays for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis. "It was really a lot of fun," she said. "I'm happy to support the Cardinals." ... Los Angeles has lost 14 of 17 at the new Busch Stadium. ... Holliday has a league-leading 10 home runs and 27 RBIs since June 18. ... Vicente Padilla, the Dodgers' scheduled starter Sunday, is 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA since returning from the disabled list on June 19.