On his 28 th birthday (and on his bobblehead day), Adam Wainwright allowed just one run over six innings and the Cardinals manufactured just enough offense to sweep the Nationals with a 2-1 win on Sunday. The win for Wainwright was his Major League leading 16 th .
Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus led off the fourth with a single off Nats’ starter Garrett Mock and went to third on Albert Pujols’ infield hit. Rasmus then scored on Rick Ankiel’s sacrifice fly. In the sixth, it was Rasmus who hit a single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Pujols.
St. Louis has won seven of eight games, 14 out of 17, and 24 out of 31. The Cards’ lead increased to 10 games over the second-place Cubs in the National League Central. What’s amazing about this latest run is that the Cardinals are on, they’ve scored three or fewer runs in 9 of their last 13 games.