Entering Saturday night’s match-up against Arizona, Adam Wainwright had the lowest run support per start in Major League Baseball among all qualifying pitchers. He only received 2.6 runs per game on average.
The Cardinals decided to end that drought on Saturday, as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4.
With the victory, St. Louis remained in first place in the National League Central, improving to 30-22. Their heated rivals, the Chicago Cubs, are just one game behind as they had an off day.
Wainwright improves to 3-4 on the season with the victory.
It wasn’t the prettiest of outings for the veteran right-hander, as Wainwright only pitched five innings while allowing four runs on five hits while walking three batters. He was able, however, to strikeout six on the evening. Solid bullpen outings by Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos, Tyler Webb, and Alex Reyes finished the evening to help St. Louis win their fourth game in a row.
Offensively, Tommy Edman continued his dominance at the plate, going 2-4 and scoring two runs, increasing his average to .278 on the season. Yadier Molina went 2-5 and notched three RBI’s on the game, and Tyler O’Neill hit his third home run in as many games.
The Cardinals have scored first in each of their wins the last three days. When scoring first this season, the Cardinals have the highest winning percentage in Major League Baseball at .846 (22-4).
St. Louis will look to sweep the Diamondbacks on Sunday at 3:10.