Adam Wainwright pitches strong game, leads Cardinals to victory over Brewers 5-1

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ST. LOUIS — Randal Grichuk made two key plays and Adam Wainwright pitched eight strong innings to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday night.

Grichuk made a perfect throw to the plate to cut down Jake Elmore trying to score from second in the eighth. Then he doubled in the bottom half, helping clear the way for a five-run rally. Matt Adam drove in the tying run with a grounder to second and Grichuk scored on Kolten Wong’s single, giving St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

Wainwright (11-8) struck out seven and allowed six hits in his most impressive outing since a shutout against San Diego on July 21. He was helped by double plays in the second and seventh and Grichuk’s throw in the eighth.