MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched a seven-hitter, Peter Boujos hit a two-run triple and the St. LouisCardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Sunday.
The Cardinals took three of four in the series at Miller Park to open a five-game lead on Milwaukee.
St. Louis grabbed a 4-0 lead with four in the fourth against rookie Jimmy Nelson (2-7). Bourjos had the big blow, a triple to left-center that drove in Yadier Molina and Oscar Taveras
It was more than enough support for Wainwright (17-9), who is tied for the major league lead in victories. The right-hander struck out three.
Wainwright uncharacteristically allowed three homers in his previous start. But the feast-or-famine Brewersmanaged just an RBI single by Carlos Gomez.
Milwaukee has lost 11 of 12. They have fallen behind Pittsburgh for the 2nd National league wild-card spot.