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CINCINNATI -- Adam Wainwright became the National League's first eight-game winner Sunday, allowing just five hits in eight innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a three-game series Sunday night at Great American Ball Park.

St. Louis (28-22) took two of three in the series against Cincinnati (22-26), its 10 series victory in the previous eleven against the Reds.

Wainwright (8-2) extended his shutout streak against Cincinnati to 15 innings this season. He walked one and tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts over his 117 pitches.

Cincinnati starter Mike Leake (2-4) was the recipient of little run support again Sunday. Most of that can be attributed to Wainwright, but the Reds have scored six runs in Leake's previous five starts.

Leake pitched six innings Sunday, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with two walks and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts.

It was a one-run game until catcher Tony Cruz, who started behind the plate in place of resting Yadier Molina, delivered a two-out, RBI single putting the Cardinals ahead 2-0 in the sixth.

Third baseman Matt Carpenter doubled and later scored on left-fielder Matt Holliday's infield single to make the score 3-0 in the seventh. That was more than enough offense for Wainwright.

Wainwright, coming off a one-hit shutout of the Diamondbacks in which he faced just one over the minimum, struck out five of the first six batters he faced Sunday, including four straight.

Second baseman Kolten Wong's RBI single in the third inning put the Cardinals ahead 1-0.

Center fielder Billy Hamilton robbed Wainwright of extra bases in the fifth with a diving catch near the warning track in left-center.

Cincinnati's first legitimate scoring chance against Wainwright came in the fifth, when it had runners on second and third with two outs, but Hamilton struck out looking to end the inning.

NOTES: Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright retired 23 consecutive batters dating to his last start before Reds SS Zack Cozart singled in the third inning Sunday. ... Reds RHP Mat Latos made the first of potentially three rehabilitation starts for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with a walk and three Ks in four innings. He threw 49 pitches, 32 strikes. ... Prior to Sunday's game, Reds manager Bryan Price lamented the 8:05 p.m. start for ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball", particularly with his team playing an afternoon game Monday at Dodger Stadium. "It's not great, the travel for both teams," said Price. "Especially with us going to Los Angeles for a 5 (p.m.) game, going through three time zones. The national (television) exposure is good for both clubs, but it's not how you would draw it up." The Cardinals host the Yankees on Monday.
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