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    Wainwright nearly perfect in Cardinals win

    3:19 PM, May 11, 2013   |    comments
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    St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - For the second straight day, a St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher flirted with a no-hitter and came up just short.

    Adam Wainwright kept the Rockies hitless for 7 1/3 innings en route to the Cardinals' second consecutive shutout, a 3-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday at Busch Stadium.

    Shelby Miller tossed a one-hitter for St. Louis on Friday by retiring the final 27 batters he faced, and Wainwright (5-2) sliced through the struggling Rockies order until Nolan Arenado lined a base hit up the middle with one away in eighth.

    It was the longest no-hit bid of Wainwright's career. He would give up one more hit in the ninth and finished with seven strikeouts and a walk.

    Allen Craig went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, Yadier Molina had two hits -- including an RBI single -- and Matt Adams drove in a run to help the Cardinals collect their ninth win in 10 games.

    After Eric Young led off Friday's game with a single, the Rockies didn't record a base runner until Wainwright issued a walk to Todd Helton in the fifth. Forty straight batters for Colorado came to the plate without reaching base over the stretch.

    Jhoulys Chacin (3-2) was erratic over five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five. The Rockies, losers of a season- high four straight games, will look to salvage the three-game set on Sunday.

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