Wain­wright, Fowler clutch

The Morning Call - - BASEBALL -

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wain­wright has pitched in his share of big games through­out a dis­tin­guished ca­reer. Tak­ing the mound against an ace in a matchup with post­sea­son im­pli­ca­tions, he de­liv­ered once more.

Wain­wright put on an­other sharp per­for­mance to top Max Scherzer, right fielder Dex­ter Fowler made a sen­sa­tional catch and the NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Cardinals beat the Na­tion­als 5-1 on Wed­nes­day.

“That’s as good as it gets right there in the reg­u­lar sea­son, com­pet­ing against a fu­ture Hall of Famer and against a great qual­ity team,” Wain­wright said.

Wain­wright (13-9) has won all four of his starts this month, al­low­ing just one earned run in 27 in­nings. The 38-year-old righty limited the Na­tion­als to an un­earned run in seven in­nings.

Trail­ing by four, the Na­tion­als put two on with one out in the eighth. As­drubal Cabr­era hit a drive off An­drew Miller that had the dis­tance to leave the park, but Fowler jumped and reached far over the wall to make the grab.

“Dex­ter earned his Air Jor­dans,” Cardinals man­ager Mike Shildt said. “That was a big time play.”

Tommy Ed­man and Matt Wi­eters home­red for the Cardinals, who be­gan the day with a two-game divi­sion lead over the Cubs and Brew­ers. The Cardinals play the Cubs seven times in their fi­nal 10 games, be­gin­ning with a four-game se­ries at Wrigley Field that starts Thurs­day.

The Na­tion­als started the day with a 1 lead over the Cubs and Brew­ers in the NL wild­card race. The Nats have lost nine of its last 14.

JEFF ROBER­SON/AP

The Cardinals’ Adam Wain­wright im­proved to 4-0 in Septem­ber with a win Wed­nes­day.

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