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Cards Take Game Two, Defeat Dodgers 8-2

The Cardinals on Tuesday night defeated the Dodgers by a score of 8-2. The game began in the favor of the Dodgers, with Clayton Kershaw shutting out the Cards 2-0 through 4 2/3 innings. However, it was Cards’ starter Adam Wainwright, who entered the game with a .079 average and 3 hits all season, that drove an RBI double to left-center field before scoring on Rafael Furcal’s RBI single to tie the game at 2. Wainwright’s surprising double sparked the Cards offense, as St. Louis scored six more runs in the 6th inning to chase Kershaw. In that deciding frame, Wainwright earned another RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk from Kershaw.

Wainwright didn’t just use his bat on Tuesday night — he also pitched a solid 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. Wainwright limited sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier to a combined 0-6 with only one walk. Wainwright (8-10, 4.31) located his fastball effectively while keeping the Dodgers hitters off-balance with a sharp slider and an occasional slow curveball.

Another star on Tuesday night was Furcal who had two hits, three RBIs, a walk, a run scored, and a few slick plays at short. Daniel Descalso went 2-for-3 while scoring two runs and drawing a walk, and Allen Craig broke the game open in the 6th with a two-RBI double. The Cardinals also received 1 2/3 no-hit innings from Marc Rzepczynski and Mitchell Boggs to close the Dodgers out. Boggs hasn’t allowed a run in his last 16 appearances.

What’s Next: The Cardinals send Kyle Lohse (10-2, 2.71) to the mound against Aaron Harang (7-5, 3.46) in the third of their four-game set against the Dodgers. The 51-46 Cards will try to close the division and wildcard deficits, which after tonight’s win still remained at six and two games respectively. The Cardinals will also know shortly the extent of Lance Berkman’s knee injury that he sustained after Kershaw plunked him on the right knee cap in the third inning. Berkman was pulled from the game after limping to second base on a Descalso single. The Cards will also be looking up in the standings at an improved Pittsburgh Pirates team after the Bucs acquired starter Wandy Rodriguez from Houston for multiple minor leaguers.

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