Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings while striking out six in a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, taking yet another series from its NL Central rival. The Cardinals have the best record in the major leagues at 69-39 by winning 15 of their last 18 series over the Reds.
Wacha (13-4) waited out a 68-minute rain delay and allowed four hits and a pair of walks, allowing only two runners to reach second base. Trevor Rosenthal gave up an infield single and a walk in the ninth while getting his 32nd save in 34 chances and completing a five-hitter.
Tony Cruz snapped his 0-for-15 slump with an RBI single, and Kolten Wong singled home two more off Michael Lorenzen.