Wainwright helps Cards rout Astros
BY KRISTIE RIEKEN Associated Press
Monday, May 07, 2012
5/07/12 at 4:57 AM
HOUSTON - Adam Wainwright, who missed last season after elbow-ligament replacement surgery, felt close to being the pitcher he once was on Sunday.
Wainwright (2-3) allowed seven hits and one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings as St. Louis defeated Houston 8-1.
Tyler Greene supported Wainwright with a career-high two homers and four RBIs.
"It was the first time all year I've really felt extension out over the rubber and better life on the fastball, especially early on," Wainwright said. "I controlled the counts for the most part and let our defense work."
The victory breaks a season-long five-game winning streak for the Astros and ends a three-game skid for the Cardinals.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny raved about Wainwright.
"Adam was great," Matheny said. "He seemed to have a real good feel with his fastball, it was sinking, he was hitting the corners. You could see that they were just off-balance and that curveball seemed to have a little extra bite to it. You just didn't see the kind of swings that you were seeing in some other games this year."
Allen Craig also homered for St. Louis, a two-run shot in the first inning.
Greene's two-run home run in the fourth pushed the lead to 6-0 and his solo homer in the eighth made it 8-1.
Wainwright improved to 10-1 in 17 career appearances against the Astros - his most wins against any team. But Wainwright believes his success was more about him than the opponent.
"I don't think it had anything to do with who I was facing, it was more just going out there executing," he said.
Wainwright is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his past three starts after opening the season 0-3 with a 9.88 ERA.
Houston's Jordan Schafer went hitless to snap a 25-game streak to start the season, tying a franchise record.