• Wainwright wins 9th, Cards beat Rays 1-0
    By MARK DIDTLER
    the Associated Press | June 11,2014
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    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Adam Wainwright became the NLís first nine-game winner, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Tuesday night, the Raysí third straight shutout loss.

    The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. St. Louis, with 13 shutouts this season, was coming off 5-0 victories over Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.

    Tampa Bay has been shut out an AL-leading 10 times this season. The Rays, who have lost 14 of 15, have not scored a run in 28 innings.

    Wainwright (9-3) scattered seven hits over seven innings. Trevor Rosenthal got the final four outs, including a base-loaded pop fly by Matt Joyce in the eighth, for his 17th save.

    Matt Holliday put the Cardinals up 1-0 with his fourth homer this season, a long drive to left center with two outs in the sixth off tough-luck loser Jake Odorizzi (2-7).

    Odorizzi, a Cardinalsí fan who grew up about 30 miles from Busch Stadium, had a strong performance in his first game against St. Louis. The right-hander gave up one run and three hits in 7 1-3 innings.

    Holliday and Kolten Wong both returned to the Cardinals lineup. Holliday was scratched Sunday due to a sore lower back, while Wong sat out three games with left shoulder soreness.

    Odorizzi had allowed one baserunner, a fourth-inning walk to Holliday, before giving up consecutive two-out singles in the fifth to Jhonny Peralta and John Jay.

    The inning ended on a fly ball by Peter Bourjos.

    The Rays threatened in both the first and fourth innings. Ben Zobrist hit a fly ball with two on to end the first. Logan Forsythe lined out to second with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth.

    NOTES: Former Cardinals manager and Tampa native Tony La Russa will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the finale of the two-game interleague series Wednesday night. La Russa will be inducted into baseballís Hall of Fame on July 27. ... Tampa Bay C Ryan Hanigan (right hamstring tightness) says he is ready to be activated Wednesday from the 15-day DL. ... The Rays signed 2014 first-round draft pick Casey Gillaspie, a first baseman out of Wichita State. ... St. Louis 1B Matt Adams (strained left calf) has started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis. ... This was the third time that Tampa Bay C Jose Molina and his brother, Cardinals C Yadier Molina, have played against each other in the majors. ... Rays LHP Erik Bedard (3-4) and St Louis RHP Michael Wacha (4-4) are Wednesdayís scheduled starters.
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