(BaseballStL) -- Trevor Rosenthal came into the ninth inning and provided dramatics right away.
Hunter Pence chopped a ball toward Mark Ellis that resulted in a bang-bang play at first in which Pence was originally called out. But upon a challenge from the Giants the call was reversed which brought up Buster Posey with no outs and Pence on first.
Posey grounded to third where Carpenter was able to get Pence out at second, but a hard slide gave Ellis some trouble and the Cards couldn't turn the double play.
A second ground ball from Pablo Sandoval was almost mishandled by Matt Adams, but again the Cardinals were able to get the lead runner at second.
Rosenthal got Michael Morse to strike out on a 99 mph fastball to end the dramatics and give Wainwright his eleventh victory of the year.
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Into the eighth inning, Wainwright's pitch count surpassed 100 and with two outs, the Giants threatened with two runners on that prompted Mike Matheny to take his ace out.
Wainwright got quick outs to begin the inning, but allowed two hits to the outfield to Joe Panik and Hector Sanchez.
Pat Neshek came in to relieve Wainwright to face Gregor Blanco. With the count favoring Blanco at 3-1, the umpire called a questionable strike, high in the zone. The next pitch, Neshek got a shallow pop up that Jhonny Peralta put away to keep the shutout intact.
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Adam Wainwright continued to deal to Giants' batters through seven innings, having allowed just two hits and no runs.
He batted for himself in the top half of the eighth proving able to still pitch in the eighth as he faces the number 6, 7 and 8 batters. Although he flew out to right, Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday combined for back-to-back hits to bring up Matt number 3, Matt Adams.
Adams looking to provide some insurance runs for Wainwright almost hit into a double play, but Hollilday slid hard into second, not allowing a throw to first. But Allen Craig grounded out once more to end the inning.
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It took 26.1 innings for the Cardinals to finally score a run with the help of recent recalled Oscar Taveras.
Taveras, starting in center Wednesday night, led off the inning with a double. Mark Ellis kept the hitting going with a single to right. Third base coach Jose Oquendo decided to hold Taveras at third with Hunter Pence ready to fire to the plate.
Adam Wainwright with his .265 batting average was unable to push Taveras across the plate with any sort of sacrifice or hit. But Matt Carpenter picked up his starter by shooting a ball up the middle to easily score Taveras.
Then Matt Holliday poked the ball between first and second to score Ellis and earn his 40th RBI of the season. The third Matt of the inning, Matt Adams, hit a ground ball to first, but the throw to second was high, allowing Adams to stay out of the double play.
Allen Craig grounded out, but the Cardinals hand a 2-0 lead to Wainwright going into the bottom half of the third.