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Wainwright, Cardinals doomed by 4-run first inning

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- The Chicago Cubs did all of their damage in the first inning against Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

It was all they would need for a 4-2 victory against their rival.

The Cubs collected four consecutive two-out extra base hits, including two home runs, off the Cardinals ace for a quick 4-0 lead.

“The first inning my front side was pulling me off target,” Wainwright said. “I had two outs there and four batters in a row, if they had a happy zone I found it. I threw it just right in the worst spot possible every time.”

Wainwright served Nate Schierholtz and Alfonso Soriano back-to-back doubles before tossing up back-to-back home runs to Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom -- all with two outs.

“We didn’t have a lot of arguments with what was going on behind the plate,” Mike Matheny said. “That wasn’t it.”

It was just a rare bad inning for Wainwright.

After a brief look at film in between innings, Wainwright allowed only three more base runners over the next six scoreless innings pitched.

“He was terrific,” Matheny said. “He gets two quick outs and then has a rough time finishing off the first. He gives up four of his seven hits in the first inning then spaces them out to where there really wasn’t much trouble after that. I know he’d love to have that first inning back.”

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