Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/26/13
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The St. Louis Cardinals are setting out on a pivotal road trip as they try to pad their lead atop the NL Central. It appears they have the right pitcher to get off to a positive start. Adam Wainwright seeks his NL-leading 14th victory Friday night when the Cardinals face the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Cardinals (62-37) have plenty of momentum to begin their trek, sweeping three games from Philadelphia after a 3-1 victory that extended their winning streak to four. Lance Lynn pitched effectively for his 12th victory, making St. Louis' three-run third inning stand. While this three-game set will pit division leaders against each other, eight games against the Cardinals' closest pursuers in the Central - Pittsburgh and Cincinnati - loom. St. Louis, a season-high 25 games over .500, will play five times in four days at PNC Park versus the second-place Pirates - 2 1/2 games back - following this series, but manager Mike Matheny refuses to look that far ahead. "We'll jump on...
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