St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, right, delivers to San Diego Padres' Aaron Cunningham during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright earned his 19th win with a dominant performance and Colby Rasmus homered and scored twice, helping the St. Louis Cardinals take three of four from the San Diego Padres with a 4-1 victory Sunday.
Jon Garland (14-12) allowed four runs in seven innings for the Padres, who have lost 12 of their last 13 in St. Louis. San Diego lost only its second series of the season against an NL Central opponent.
Will Venable had two hits and a walk for the Padres, who began the day with a half-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West. They're 4-7 in their last 11 and 7-17 since Aug. 26, when they had a 6 1/2-game cushion.
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