Wainwright walks 1st batter in 5th start

Wainwright walks 1st batter in 5th start

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 23: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

(AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright has walked a batter for the first time this season, issuing a free pass to Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper.

The walk came with two outs in the sixth inning Tuesday night, in Wainwright's fifth start. He went 34 2-3 innings before throwing four balls to a batter.

Citing the Elias Sports Bureau, the Cardinals said that the team record for most innings to begin a season without a walk is 40, by Slim Sallee in 1913.

Wainwright's walk loaded the bases, but he struck out Adam LaRoche to end the inning.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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