ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals began June the same way they played the first two months of the season -- getting dominant starting pitching.
Adam Wainwright followed Shelby Miller to the mound for the night game of a day-night doubleheader for the Cardinals against the San Francisco Giants Saturday and completed a sweep of the two games with a 7-1 victory.
The one run, in the seventh inning, was the only one the Giants scored in the day's 18 innings of baseball. Wainwright raised his record to 8-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.32 as he scattered eight hits, struck out 10 and did not walk a batter for the seventh time in his 12 starts. For the season he has 83 strikeouts and six walks in 89 innings.
The Cardinals came within that one run, on an RBI single by Andres Torres following a double by Brandon Belt, of putting together shutouts in both games of a doubleheader for the first time since 1987. The one combined run equaled the fewest runs the team had allowed in a doubleheader since 1997.
Saturday's pitching performances are really nothing new, as the two wins improved the Cardinals' starters record to 32-10 and lowered their combined ERA to 2.44, the best in the majors and the biggest reason the Cardinals are now 37-18, the best record in the major leagues.
After staking Wainwright to a 3-0 lead in the third, the Cardinals added two insurance runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh on a bases loaded single by Ty Wigginton, as they extended the Giants losing streak on the road to seven consecutive games.
Madison Bumgarner retired the first seven Cardinals before running into trouble in the third inning.
He walked Pete Kozma on a 3-1 pitch with one out before Wainwright, after twice failing to get a bunt down, lined a double to the gap in left center.
Kozma was able to beat the throw home on a slow roller to first by Jon Jay to score the first run of the inning.
With two outs, Carlos Beltran burned his old team by getting a hit past shortstop Brandon Crawford on a 1-2 pitch that scored Wainwright and Jay to put the Cardinals up 3-0.
From there, the Cardinals cruised to victory.
In the afternoon portion of the day-night doubleheader, Shelby Miller tossed seven shutout innings and the Cardinals scored seven runs in the third inning against Matt Cain en route to an 8-0 victory. Miller raised his record to 6-3 and lowered his ERA to 1.82.
It was the second time this season the Cardinals have put together a big inning against Cain, who gave up nine runs in his only previous start this season against St. Louis, on April 7 in San Francisco. Backup catcher Tony Cruz doubled in two runs in the inning as the Cardinals collected nine hits and sent 12 batters to the plate.
NOTES: The Giants' Marco Scutaro ended May with a .420 batting average, the best in the majors for the month, and struck out only three times in 100 at-bats. The last player to hit .420 for a month with 100 or more at-bats and three strikeouts or fewer was Tony Gwynn of the Padres in May 1997. ... Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval missed both games of the doubleheader because of a strained left foot, but he said he was feeling better and might not miss as many games as the Giants first feared when he was injured Thursday. ... The Cardinals finished May with a 20-7 record, their most wins in the month since going 19-7 in May 1971. The franchise record for wins in May is 21, last accomplished in 1941. ... The Cardinals did not lose consecutive games during the month. ... Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook will begin a rehab assignment with a start for Double-A Springfield on Tuesday. ... Saturday marked the first time the Cardinals and Giants have played a doubleheader since 1994, and the first time in St. Louis since 1978. ... In Sunday's series finale, Chad Gaudin (0-1, 2.05 ERA) will make his first start since 2009 for the Giants against the Cardinals' Tyler Lyons (2-0, 1.29 ERA).