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July 22, 2013

Wainwright wins 13th, Cardinals edge Padres

ST. LOUIS (AP) — — Watching the top of the ninth inning from the dugout, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright thought he'd played the role of a "nervous dad."

"Like when I watch my friends do something, I'm always more nervous than when I do it," Wainwright said.

"When I watch my daughters, even at ballet or something, I'm more nervous than if I was out there doing ballet."

Allen Craig's game-ending leaping catch high at the left field fence preserved a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Wainwright became the first NL pitcher to reach 13 wins.

The Cardinals have won nine of 12. The Padres have lost 19 of 24.

Craig has 12 hits and six RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak for the Cardinals, who took two of three in both series against the Padres this season.

He's a confident defender, too, and never thought pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko's drive with two on and two out was going out of the park.

The glove work prevented at least an extra-base hit that would have given the Padres the lead, and preserved Edward Mujica's 28th save in 30 chances.

"Obviously, it came off the bat good," Craig said. "I don't know if he hit it good enough. Obviously, it wasn't enough."

Gyorko agreed with Wainwright's assessment that he just got under the ball a little. He hadn't viewed a replay, and didn't want to, either.

"No. It was a good play," Gyorko said. "That's how the game goes sometimes."

The St. Louis defense turned three double plays behind Wainwright (13-5), who allowed two runs with seven strikeouts and worked around two walks. The Padres got the leadoff man on base seven times but he minimized the impact.

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