CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have struggled most of this season and are in last place in the NL Central.
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright added to their frustration Sunday.
Wainwright struck out 11 and gave up one run through seven innings, and Jon Jay drove in four runs with a homer and double to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win over Chicago.
St. Louis relievers Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal combined to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth.
Junior Lake drove in the Cubs run with a double in the sixth.
Hes just Adam Wainwright, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. Nothing overpowering. He just knows how to pitch.
Matt Carpenter singled in two runs in the third to help back Wainwright (14-7).
Wainwright hadnt won since July 21 at home against San Diego and given up 14 runs in 28 innings during the span.
On Sunday, he faced only one batter over the minimum through the first five innings and only 26 through seven innings. He also beat the Cubs for the first time since April 13, 2012, a span of six starts.
I just went out there in attack mode, Wainwright said, went out there with the right philosophy in understanding of who I was as a pitcher and just made pitches.
One of Wainwrights strikeouts led to Cubs manager Dale Sveum and reliever James Russell being ejected from the game in the bottom of the seventh.
St. Louis was already ahead 6-1 after Jays three-run homer off Russell in the top of the inning.
Wainwright gave up singles to Nate Schierholtz and Welington Castillo to open the bottom half, but the next batter, Donnie Murphy, was called out on a check swing.
Sveum disputed the call with plate umpire Phil Cuzzi from the dugout, then came onto the field to continue the argument after the ejection. Russell was tossed by third base umpire Tom Hallion.
Thats easily the worst checked-swing call Ive ever seen. Sveum said. Thats why the other umpires are there, to give him help.
Chicago starter Edwin Jackson (7-13) gave up three runs, but only one earned, through six innings.