The Cardinals played their first September/October home game with first place at stake to the winner since 2001 when Houston and the Cardinals were fighting for the division lead on the last weekend of the season here with both winding up in the playoffs.
If it was to be the Cardinals’ biggest game of the season to date Saturday night before a sold-out house of 45110 at Busch Stadium their top starting pitcher Adam Wainwright would have to be at his best after being at his admitted worst in his two previous outings. Wainwright stared this challenge in the eye.
Winning his 16th Wainwright blanked Pittsburgh on two hits for seven innings and the Cardinals moved back into first place in the National League Central Division for the first time this month with a 5-0 win over the Pirates who slipped one-half game behind the Cardinals. Hard-charging Cincinnati winner of five of its last six games stands third just 1½ games off the Cardinals’ pace.
David Freese his power stroke warming hit...