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Wainwright wins 14th, Cardinals get 2 homers from Wong to beat Boston 5-2

  • St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras (18) follows through on his RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning in a baseball game, Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras (18) follows through on his RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning in a baseball game, Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, left, and Kolten Wong celebrate after scoring on a two-run double by teammate Jhonny Peralta against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, left, and Kolten Wong celebrate after scoring on a two-run double by teammate Jhonny Peralta against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Cardinals' starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    St. Louis Cardinals' starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)  (The Associated Press)

Adam Wainwright recovered from a shaky start to earn his 14th win, tying for the major league lead, and rookie Kolten Wong homered twice to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Jhonny Peralta's two-run double keyed a three-run first off Brandon Workman and Wong had his first multihomer game. The Cardinals took two of three from their stripped-down opponents, who beat them in the World Series last fall but are in last place in the AL East.

Wainwright (14-6) needed 66 pitches to slog through the first three innings after the start was delayed by rain for more than an hour for the second straight night.