Wainwright tries again for 9th win in matchup with Rays

(SportsNetwork,com) - Adam Wainwright will try again for his ninth win of the season when the St. Louis Cardinals open a quick set against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

It appeared Wainwright was headed for win No. 9 his last time out in a 5-2 victory at Kansas City last Wednesday, but emerged with a no-decision after being charged with two runs in eight innings. He scattered four hits, struck out eight and walked two batters.

Wainwright, who is 8-3 with a 2.31 earned run average, was coming off a rough outing versus San Francisco on May 30 and gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander has faced Tampa Bay just once in his career and did not factor in the outcome of a 9-8 win, as he was reached for four runs and 12 hits across 5 2/3 innings back in 2008.

Wainwright is 9-5 in 19 interleague starts.

St. Louis won two of three games in Toronto over the weekend and recorded its second straight 5-0 win on Sunday. Jaime Garcia threw seven shutout innings and allowed three hits for the win, while Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal each hurled a scoreless inning of relief.

"They have one of the best lineups in the league. I knew it was going to be a challenge," said Garcia. "I was able to get them off balance a little bit and then keep the ball down."

Garcia was aided by a four-run second inning and Matt Carpenter belted a two- run homer during the frame. Jhonny Peralta homered in the win for St. Louis, which is 3-2 on a seven-game road trip. Matt Holliday was scratched from the lineup due to lower back tightness and is day-to-day.

After halting a 10-game losing streak with a win over Seattle on Friday, the Rays have dropped three in a row, including Monday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of the visiting Mariners in the finale of a four-game set.

Rays starting pitcher David Price fell to 4-6 this season and allowed all three runs in eight innings of work. Price fanned 10 batters and walked one.

Kevin Kiermaier and James Loney both doubled for the Rays, who produced just five hits and have been shut out in consecutive games. Tampa Bay has been blanked four times in the previous nine games.

"There's not a whole lot to add to it. At some point, we have to get our bats alive," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

The Rays are 1-5 on an eight-game homestand and will send Jake Odorizzi to the mound Tuesday. Odorizzi has lost two straight starts and is winless (0-3) in his last four trips to the mound, including Thursday's 11-6 setback to Miami.

Odorizzi allowed four runs in five innings and fell to 2-6 in 12 starts with a 5.31 ERA. The right-hander has allowed 13 runs in his past four outings and is 1-2 in six starts at home this season. He has never faced the Cardinals.

The Rays and Cardinals are meeting for the first time since 2011, when Tampa Bay won two of three meetings at the Trop.


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