The Cardinals Major League Notebook 05/27

The Cardinals' remarkable run of starting pitching continued with Adam Wainwright allowing only one run in seven innings Tuesday night. But, for the first time in weeks, the Cardinals offense gave a starting pitcher a cushion.

Scoring more than five runs in a nine-inning game for the first time since May 5, the Cardinals bashed four homers, including one by Wainwright himself.

In the last eight games, Cardinals starters have given up only six runs in 58 2/3 innings, although a heretofore docile offense had limited the team to just six victories in those games.

Manager Tony La Russa said that Wainwright's outing wasn't as "clean" as his previous two, in which he had given up only two runs in 16 2/3 innings. Wainwright said he had fought himself, at least early in the game.

"My front side was really pulling off the target," he said. "(Tuesday's game) was all right. It could have been a lot worse. It was one of those incidences when (his teammates) kept me in the game more than I kept them in the game."

Wainwright did his best pitching in the third. With the Cardinals ahead 2-0, the Brewers loaded the bases with nobody out, but Wainwright permitted just one run. "That probably was the game right there," Wainwright said. "If they put up a big, crooked number right there, who knows who wins the game?"

CARDINALS 8, BREWERS 1: After losing four in a row to Milwaukee this season and being outscored 18-6, the Cardinals finally beat the Brewers for the first time this year and the first time in Milwaukee since May 10, 2008. Four home runs helped write the ticket. RF Nick Stavinoha hit his first in the majors, RHP Adam Wainwright his first of the season and fourth of his career, and LF Chris Duncan his first in 69 at-bats.

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