(BaseballStL) — Wednesday’s offensive outburst was led by two of the more unlikely members of the Cardinal lineup.
Peter Bourjos and Adam Wainwright combined for five hits two RBIs and three runs scored in the contest, keeping steady pressure on the Braves all game long.
Bourjos broke the tie in the second inning when he roped a two-out homer to left center on the first pitch he saw from Atlanta starter Mike Minor. It was Bourjos’ first homer as a Cardinal and the 25th of his career.
The third saw St. Louis pad the lead, when Wainwright led off the inning with a double.
Matt Carpenter would beat out a bunt to make it first and third with no outs, but Yadier Molina would ground into his third double play on the season one hitter later.
The bouncer would score Wainwright, however, giving the St. Louis starter a 2-0 advantage.
The Braves would string back-to-back two-out doubles to pick up a run against Wainwright in their half of the third, but the Cardinals would erase the progress one inning later.
Bourjos continued his hot series, picking his second hit of the night and fourth against Atlanta with a liner to left. Wainwright would match him with another hit of his own, and the fleet-footed Bourjos would fly around to third on the single.
It was Wainwright’s eight hit of the season and his 10th total base.
Carpenter’s single scored Bourjos with ease, giving the third baseman his third RBI against the Braves and setting up Molina with a chance to score two. He would pass that opportunity along to Matt Holliday when he walked, and the big left fielder capitalized with a two-run looper to left.
Continuing his campaign for the starting center fielder job, Bourjos gave the Cardinals another run when he singled home Jhonny Peralta on a liner to left.
Peralta had reached on a double, advanced on a wild pitch and scored easily on Bourjos’ laser into the outfield. He now has a six game hitting streak.
Holliday would pick up another RBI when he singled home Carpenter in the ninth after the latter hit his fifth double on the season.
It would be more than enough for the victory, as Wainwright would go eight innings before handing it off to Seth Maness in the ninth. Maness made quick work of the Braves, closing out the game to put St. Louis above .500 once again.
Wainwright's sixth win ties the MLB lead and leads the NL.
Three Cardinals had three-hit games Wednesday. In addition to Peter Bourjos, Carpenter and Holliday picked up three hits as the team recorded 13 in all.
Holliday led the RBI race with three and Carpenter scored twice to add to the strong offensive showing.
Bourjos' day raised his average from .179 to .217.
Jhonny Peralta only had one hit, but it was enough to extend his hitting streak to six games.