Cardinals rookie pitcher Michael Wacha threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out three, but the Cardinals failed to score for the third time in six games, losing 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds.
Wacha matched zeroes with Reds starter Homer Bailey who struck out eight over seven innings and allowed just two hits. Bailey got the win when rookie Billy Hamilton singled and stole second off Seth Maness in the seventh. Hamilton then scored easily on Todd Frazier’s double for the only run of the game.
Aroldis Chapman threw four pitches that reached 103 mph while striking out the side in the ninth for his 34th save in 39 chances, completing the two-hitter.
With Pittsburgh’s win, here’s the NL Central race:
Pittsburgh 81-57 —
St. Louis 79-59 2
Cincinnati 78-61 3.5