Cardinals whip Padres 9-2 behind Wainwright -

Cardinals whip Padres 9-2 behind Wainwright

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright joined Boston's Josh Beckett as the only 14-game winners in the majors and contributed his fifth career homer to a 15-hit attack in the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

The Cardinals battered rookie Mat Latos (4-2) for seven runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. The 21-year-old had won his previous four starts.

Matt Holliday had three hits and three RBIs and his two-run single in the fifth was a key blow for the NL Central leaders, who have won six of seven and have beaten the Padres seven straight at home.

Wainwright (14-7) scattered eight hits in seven innings, his 10th straight start allowing two or fewer earned runs.

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