Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez combined on a three-hit shutout Sunday, and Jhonny Peralta homered twice as the St. Louis Cardinals posted their second whitewash of the Pittsburgh Pirates in three days, winning the rubber game of a three-game series at Busch Stadium by a 7-0 score.
Wainwright, the Major Leagues’ first five-game winner this season, worked eight innings, allowing three hits, striking out seven batters and walking two. Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Allen Craig drove in runs for the Cardinals (14-12). Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez (1-2) took the loss.
On Saturday, Gaby Sanchez and Tony Sanchez both delivered two-run base hits in the Pirates’ 6-1 victory. Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata also produced RBI base hits. Tabata went 3-for-4. Holliday drove home the lone St. Louis tally with a fifth-inning double. Pittsburgh’s Stolmy Pimentel (2-0) earned the win in a relief role, replacing starter Francisco Liriano, who left the game with dizziness in the third inning. Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons (0-2) was the losing pitcher.
Five Cardinals pitchers contributed to a 1-0 St. Louis win in the series opener on Friday night. Shelby Miller, Pat Neshek, Kevin Siegrist, Martinez and Kevin Rosenthal combined on a four-hitter. Holliday went 3-for-3 with the game’s only RBI. The Cards’ Peralta and the Bucs’ Tabata both recorded two hits. Miller (2-2) earned the win over Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole (2-2). Cole pitched six-hit baseball for seven innings, surrendering one run with four strikeouts and three walks.
After having played 20 games in 20 days, the Pirates (10-16) will take Monday off, and will then play interleague games against the Orioles (12-12) in Baltimore on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.