(Sports Network) - Adam Wainwright calmed a lot of fears in St. Louis with an
excellent outing last time out. He goes for his 17th victory of the season on
Friday night when the Cardinals play the first of three straight games against
the Seattle Mariners.
Wainwright struggled over back-to-back losses to the Cincinnati Reds, allowing
a total of 15 runs over eight innings of work. That came against one of the
teams chasing the Cardinals for the top spot in the NL Central, but the righty
rebounded against Pittsburgh last Saturday.
Wainwright held the Pirates to just two hits and struck out eight over seven
scoreless innings, moving to 16-9 with a 3.03 earned run average in 30 starts
this season. The 32-year-old is tied for second in the league with 195
strikeouts and is looking to join Washington's Jordan Zimmermann as the only
17-game winners in the NL.
He'll do so against a Mariners club he has faced just once before, picking up
a win at home on June 14, 2010 with seven innings of three-run ball.
St. Louis fell into a tie with Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central
with Thursday's 5-3 loss to Milwaukee. The Cardinals had a five-game winning
streak snapped as Joe Kelly allowed four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits
and a walk over five innings.
Kelly came into the start 8-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 11 previous outings.
"My stuff felt good, I just missed on a couple pitches," Kelly said.
The Mariners are one setback away from securing their fourth straight losing
season. They have dropped four in a row and are 3-8 in September.
Seattle was swept in three games by the Houston Astros to begin the week,
falling 6-1 in Wednesday's finale. Brandon Maurer was pegged with the loss
after yielding five runs over three innings.
"When (Maurer) gets into trouble he is not able to control the damage and he
can't stop it. It dominos on him," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
Kendrys Morales hit a solo homer for Seattle, his fourth home run in eight
Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma faces the Cardinals for the first time in his
career and brings a 12-6 record and 2.97 ERA over 30 starts this year into the
Iwakuma has a 2.76 ERA over his last five outings, winning the first two
before a stretch of three straight no-decisions. The 32-year-old gave up three
runs on eight hits and two walks over 5 2/3 frames versus the Tampa Bay Rays
The Cardinals are 6-3 all-time versus the Mariners, winning five of six in St.
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