St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright gets a hug from catcher Yadier Molina after the third out and a 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Adam Wainwright pitched a five-hitter and helped with the offense with an RBI double and a single as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1. Wainwright improved to 9-10 and threw 73 strikes out of the 98 pitches he needed for the second complete game of his career. Wainwright also struck out seven over a four inning span from the third to the seventh, when he retired 13 Brewer hitters in a row.

Ryan Braun drove in Milwaukee’s only run with a sac fly in the first. In addition to Wainwright’s contributions at the plate, Carlos Beltran hit his 25th homer, giving him an NL-leading 77 RBIs. Jon Jay also homered for the Cardinals and Yadier Molina added a two-run single.

The Cardinals remain eight games behind Cincinnati, who beat Pittsburgh, but are just 2.5 games from a Wild Card spot in the National League.