(BaseballStL) — Tuesday wasn’t the first time this season Adam Wainwright was absent his best stuff. Fortunately for St. Louis, the 32-year-old has learned to win a race without the fastest set of wheels.
In seven innings, Wainwright allowed seven hits and walked two (one intentional). The Rays had a man on in four innings, and had more than one on in three. He struck out only two. He faced a bases-loaded jam in the fourth (only his third all year) and escaped with a pair of line outs.
Yet, the big righty finished with seven scoreless innings, dropping his ERA to 2.15.
“Adam came out and just figured out ways to get outs,” Mike Matheny told reporters in Tampa Bay. “I thought that he gets through that seventh and I like where we are with our pen.”
The Cardinals could muster only a solo home run in support of Wainwright, but it would be enough as the bullpen carried his goose egg to the finish line.
It was the 10th outing this season he went at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs. His seven innings pushed him over the 100 mark in just 14 starts, and he was the first in the majors to reach the century level this season.
The Cardinals have posted three straight shutouts in a row, the first time since the 1940s they have done that on the road.
Michael Wacha will take the mound to make it four in a row Wednesday before another off day Thursday.