Although they trailed big early in the opener of their series with first-place Milwaukee, the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest comeback of the season pulled them within one victory of the NL Central lead.
Now they're in position to draw even with their ace on the mound.Adam Wainwright will try to lead the Cardinals to their eighth win in 11 games while sending the Brewers to their longest losing streak in nearly two years Saturday at Miller Park.St. Louis (51-43) fell behind 6-0 after two innings before Matt Adams, Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong and Matt Holliday hit home runs on the way to a 7-6 victory Friday."Just to be able to keep coming and coming and the intensity, the grit, the fight, that to me is just something you just don't have every once in a while," manager Mike Matheny said. "I couldn't be any more proud."Holliday's sixth homer and first in 24 games off closer Francisco Rodriguez put the Cardinals ahead in the ninth inning. He finished with three hits and has gone 19 for 47 (.404) in his last 11 against the Brewers (52-42).Peralta, 3 for 4 with two RBIs, is 16 for 29 with four homers in seven career games at Miller Park. Adams has hit .367 with six homers and 16 RBIs in his last 15 against Milwaukee, and is 12 for 25 in his past six overall.St. Louis has an opportunity to move into a tie with the fading Brewers, who haven't dropped seven straight since July 20-26, 2012.Wainwright (11-4, 1.79 ERA) has gone 3-1 with a 0.79 ERA while not surrendering a home run in his last six starts. The right-hander's ERA ranks behind only Clayton Kershaw's 1.78 mark among all starters.Although he didn't have his best stuff Monday, Wainwright scattered seven hits over seven innings before St. Louis rallied in the ninth for a 2-0 home win over Pittsburgh."I should be good for the next start, I got plenty of work out of the stretch," said Wainwright, who can tie for the major league lead in victories Saturday.He's also looking to extend a 15 1-3-inning scoreless streak as he makes his first start versus Milwaukee in 2014. He's 9-6 with a 2.25 ERA in 19 career starts against the Brewers, but 0-2 with a 4.50 mark in his last three at Miller Park.Ryan Braun has faced him more than any other batter, and he's 9 for 52 (.173) with two home runs in the matchup. The slugger is 3 for 9 in two games since missing two with a sore back.Aramis Ramirez, 2 for 4 with an RBI on Friday, is 19 for 47 (.404) with two homers against Wainwright. Scooter Gennett had three hits in the opener and is 10 for 28 in this season series.The Brewers had scored two or fewer runs in seven of 10 contests before their outburst in the first two innings Friday.Jimmy Nelson (1-0, 0.00) was recalled from Triple-A on Thursday to make his first start since replacing ineffective Marco Estrada in the rotation.The right-hander worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a 7-1 victory at Miami on May 25 to earn his first major league win.
Adam Wainwright threw at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer runs for the seventh straight start on Saturday, tied for the fourth-longest streak by a Cardinals pitcher in the last 50 years.
Kolten Wong hit his fifth home run in the last seven games in the second inning Saturday.
Wong hit one home run in the first 233 plate appearances of his career.
Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .328 in at-bats to end in a breaking ball from a righty this season, the eighth-highest rate among qualifiers. Adam Wainwright has thrown the highest percentage of breaking balls this season among qualifiers (53.5 percent).
How Adam Wainwright Won:
* Threw 33% curveballs (his most in a start this season)
* Threw 68% curveballs with 2 strikes (his most in a start since April 2010)
* Recorded 9 outs and got 3 of his 4 strikeouts with his curveball
That kept hitters off his fastball:
* Hitters were 0-for-8 against his fastball (1st time allowing 0 hits with his fastball in 9 starts)