OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched a five-hitter to become the NL's second 11-game winner, Matt Adams had his first two-homer game and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 Saturday.
Wainwright (11-5) tied Washington's Jordan Zimmerman for most wins in the NL. He struck out eight and walked two in a 112-pitch performance for his fourth complete game this year and 15th of his career.
What appeared a pitcher's duel in the making changed quickly when A's starter Jarrod Parker left in the fourth inning with tightness in his right hamstring on an unusually hot Bay Area afternoon.
Adams hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run sixth and a solo shot in the eighth.
Josh Reddick's RBI single in the eighth provided the lone A's run on a dominant day by Wainwright.
Daniel Descalso broke a scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and the Cardinals gave Wainwright plenty of support to take sole possession of the team lead in wins ahead of Lance Lynn's 10.
Wainwright appeared to have no issues this time after objecting to manager Mike Matheny's decision to pull him after 6 2-3 innings in a loss to Texas last Sunday.
After a 1-2-3 first inning on nine pitches, Wainwright was on his way. A's No. 9 hitter Derek Norris singled with two outs in the third for the first hit off Wainwright, who snapped a two-start skid.
Wainwright got through the seventh on seven pitches. The right-hander faced the A's for just the second time in his career after beating Oakland on June 19, 2010, in St. Louis while allowing one earned run in eight innings.
He had a career-high five complete games in 2010, and is now one away from that.