Cardinals turn to Wainwright for opener with AstrosAug 21, 2012 - 2:43 PM
Wainwright was 7-10 on the season after a 4-3 loss at Milwaukee on July 18, but has since bounced back with four wins in five starts while trimming the earned run average from 4.42 to 3.87.
He was a 5-2 winner over Arizona in his most recent start in Aug. 15, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings.
He's 11-1 with a complete game and two holds in 19 career appearances against the Astros.
Houston replies with righty Lucas Harrell, who looks to build on the first double-digit win season of his career.
The 27-year-old got to 10 wins on Aug. 14 with a 10-1 defeat of the Chicago Cubs after giving up a run on six hits in eight innings.
He's won three of four starts since beginning the season at 7-7 and has lowered his earned run average from 4.77 in late June to 3.81 after the win over the Cubs.
Harrell is 2-0 in three career meetings with the Cardinals.
On Sunday in Houston, Tony DeFrancesco made his debut as Houston's interim skipper but was welcomed to the major leagues rudely as Ian Kennedy fanned seven over six innings of one-run ball in Arizona's 8-1 win.
"My first major league managerial game, unfortunately, it didn't work out the way we wanted," DeFrancesco said. "It was an honor. It was an honor to put the Astro uniform on, to be a part of the organization, and I'm excited to get it going."
Armando Galarraga (0-4) didn't make it out of the fourth inning as he allowed five runs on six hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout in 3 2/3 frames.
Jason Castro knocked in the only run for the skidding Astros, who have lost six of their last seven games. In addition to manager Brad Mills, the club released hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meachem.
In St. Louis, after surviving a 19-inning marathon, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed ahead of the Cardinals on the scoreboard, 6-3, and in the standings.
Pedro Alvarez crushed a 1-2 slider over the center-field fence for a solo homer in the 19th to give the Pirates the win.
Barret Browning (1-3), who picked up his first career win on Saturday, took the loss after allowing the home run with one out in the top of the 19th.
"Twenty innings or nine innings, a loss is a loss," Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran said.
The teams split their first six games of 2012, with the Astros taking two of three in May in Houston, while the Cardinals won two of three there in June.
- HOUSTON: 0
ST. LOUIS: 7
Aug 21 10:59 PM
- Jon Jay singled to right center scoring Rafael Furcal with one out. Runner on first and Matt Carpenter due up.
Astros 0, Cardinals 7 Bot 6, 1 OutAug 21 10:01 PM
- Adam Wainwright walked. Runners on first and second with two outs and Jon Jay due up.
Astros 0, Cardinals 6 Bot 3, 2 OutsAug 21 9:14 PM
- Yadier Molina singled to left scoring Allen Craig with none out. On the play, David Freese advances to second. Runners on first and second and Skip Schumaker due up.
Astros 0, Cardinals 5 Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 21 9:08 PM
- Justin Maxwell struck out swinging. None on with one out and Jason Castro due up.
Astros 0, Cardinals 4 Top 2, 1 OutAug 21 8:43 PM
- John Jay scores on a balk. None on with one out and Matt Holliday at the plate.
Astros 0, Cardinals 1 Bot 1, 1 OutAug 21 8:29 PM
- HOUSTON: 0
ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 21 8:16 PM
- Cubs edge Cards 3:03a
- Dominguez's slam leads Astros to rout of Brewers 12:21a
- Astros reinstate Maxwell from DL 4:45p
- Old rivals square off in Houston 10:49a
- Wainwright eyes 11th win versus Cubs 10:45a
- Cardinals wait out rain, top Cubs Tue
- ChiSox avoid sweep in Houston Tue
- Old rivals square off in St. Louis Mon
- Astros shoot for fifth straight win and sweep of White Sox Mon
- Astros hold off White Sox Mon
- Marlins hand Cardinals rare series loss Sun
- Beltran, Cardinals hope to secure rubber match with Marlins Sun