Adam Wainwright earned his 200th victory, pitching seven four-hit innings in a vintage performance as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 on Monday night.
It was the longest outing this season for Wainwright, 42 (5-11), who struck out three and walked two. He won back-to-back starts – both against first-place teams – after going 0-10 with a 10.72 ERA in his previous 11 games between June 24 and September 7.
The right-hander became the 38th pitcher in National League history to reach 200 wins and the 24th major league player to reach the milestone since 2000.
Willson Contreras hit Freddy Peralta (12-9) in the fourth. Milwaukee lost its second straight and its magic number to clinch the NL Central remained at seven. The Brewers hold a six-game lead over the Chicago Cubs with 12 to play.
John King induced a double play in the eighth and Ryan Helsley worked 1 1/3 innings for his 12th save in 16 opportunities.
Wainwright allowed Carlos Santana to hit two double plays and leave to a standing ovation from the crowd of 33,176 after throwing in a leadoff single from Mark Canha in the seventh.
Wainwright’s first strikeout, against Rowdy Tellez, was the 2,200th of his career. His last two punchouts moved him past David Wells for 65th place on the all-time list.
Contreras lined a Peralta sinker just inside the left-field foul pole for his 20th homer of the season.
Peralta allowed four hits in six innings and struck out six.
Sal Frelick had two singles for the Brewers and robbed Tommy Edman of an extra base hit with a running catch into deep center field. Frelick caught the ball in a full sprint and held on after crashing into the wall.
Associated Press reporting.
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