(BaseballStL) — Following an uncharacteristically rocky start in Chicago, Adam Wainwright resumed his steady dominating pace Wednesday with a six-hit, eight-inning performance against boyhood-favorite Braves.
His six strikeouts put him at 52 on the season, and his sixth win leads the National League and is tied for best in the Majors with Mark Buehrle.
Despite being held in check most of the game, when Atlanta broke the spell, they broke it with authority. Five of the six hits against Wainwright were doubles, with the Upton brothers combining for three and Freddie Freeman picking up two.
Despite the big hits, the St. Louis starter allowed only seven runners across his eight innings, walking Andrelton Simmons in the second for the only free pass.
He was ahead of 19 batters on the night, facing 31 in all. Finishing with 103 pitches total, Wainwright closed out the game with seven pitches in the seventh and six in the eighth. Perhaps most important, he saved Cardinals from having to use any of their overworked relievers.
Bypassing Pat Neshek, Carlos Martinez, Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal, Wainwright cruised through the contest to hand the ball to Seth Maness in the ninth.
At the plate, his quest for a Silver Slugger award continued to be more than tongue-in-cheek. The big righty went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, raising his average to .400 for the year.
On the mound, he has allowed only three runs all year to teams not named the Cubs.