Wainwright, Harvey strong in duel of aces in New York

Wainwright, Harvey strong in duel of aces in New York

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York, Thursday, June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

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Posted on June 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Adam Wainwright struck out his 1,000th career batter and sat down the first 11 New York Mets batters in a 2-1 win on Thursday.

Wainwright was on cruise control through the first two outs of the fourth inning, but then a missed strike call by home plate umpire Chris Conroy on David Wright resulted in the first hit allowed in the game. The two-strike pitch appeared to be down the middle, but the call, followed by an appeal to first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, went as a ball.

Wright sent a breaking ball to center field for a hit on the next pitch. The next batter, Daniel Murphy, walked on four pitches before Lucas Duda flew out to Jon Jay on the warning track to end the inning and the Cardinals’ 1-0 lead intact.

Wainwright needed to throw eight more pitches to get out of the inning after the missed strike call. He threw a total of 17 pitches in the fourth inning after needing only 29 pitches to get through the first three innings.

Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed only four hits and two walks while he struck out six others. He threw a total of 95 pitches, including 61 strikes.

His counterpart, Matt Harvey, was just as impressive for the Mets. He allowed only one run on five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Harvey also recorded 11 groundouts to 1 fly out.

The 24-year-old was only touched for a run after giving up a one-out single to Pete Kozma followed by a two-out triple from Matt Carpenter in the third inning.

Wainwright’s dominating performance stifled the Mets offense, which failed to score a run, and gave Harvey his first loss of the season. He had eight no-decisions in his previous nine starts prior to Thursday.

Each team scored a run off each other’s bullpen for a result of a 2-1 St. Louis win.

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