Leake does it all in win for Cardinals
( Mike Leake grabbed a bat and did his best Adam Wainwright impersonation, while Jimmy Nelson remained oh-for-St. Louis.

Leake, who entered the day as the National League's ERA leader, surrendered multiple runs for the first time this season, but made up for it by hitting a go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth, capping a three-run Cardinals rally in their 6-4 win over Nelson and the Brewers at Miller Park on Sunday. The Brewers mounted a valiant effort in the bottom of the ninth but ...    [ More ]
Diaz's homer looms large as Cards edge Crew
( A banged-up Aledmys Diaz did not start for the Cardinals on Saturday, but he made his presence felt with one big swing off the bench.

Diaz, sitting out the start after he tweaked his back and shoulder the night before, delivered a pinch-hit, tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning, and the Cardinals held off a Brewers rally in the eighth on the way to a 4-1 win over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

Diaz's shot off Brewers reliever Carlos Torres and Cardinals reliever Brett ...    [ More ]
Wainwright does it all in win over Brewers
( Here's one way for the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright to get back on track: start mashing.

Struggling on the mound to start this season, Wainwright took matters into his own hands at the plate on Friday by driving in four runs including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.

Wainwright still has not thrown a pitch in the sixth inning, but Friday's result was much more palatable. In five innings, he limited the Brewers to two runs ...    [ More ]
Carpenter, Gyorko homer in loss to Brewers
( Move over, Harvey's Wallbangers. Milwaukee has a new slugging crew.

The Brewers padded their Major League-leading home run tally by launching three more on Thursday, when Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Jett Bandy each went deep with runners on base to account for all of Milwaukee's runs in a 7-5 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park.

"I was joking about us being the new Wallbangers," said Thames, MLB's early leader with eight home runs. "This team can hit, man."

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Cardinals place Peralta on DL, activate Lyons
( The Cardinals will be without Jhonny Peralta for a while.

The club placed the third baseman on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with an upper respiratory infection. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons was activated from the DL in a corresponding move.

The veteran Peralta hit just .120 in his first eight games this season and had sat the past four contests. St. Louis started the season 3-9 before sweeping Pittsburgh this week. Peralta did not play in any of the Cards' three ...    [ More ]
Fowler breaks out of rut with two homers
( The results caught up to the process for Dexter Fowler on Wednesday, as days of grinding through mechanical issues with his swing and enjoying little luck on balls put in play were mostly forgotten with two successive swings.

Fowler became the first player in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game won with two runs scored. Each of his solo shots off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole gave the Cardinals a lead in what finished as a 2-1 victory.  

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Oh gets save, but struggles continue
( Though closer Seung Hwan Oh successfully navigated through a mesy ninth inning to preserve a 2-1 win over the Pirates on Tuesday, the outing did little to assuage concerns about his rocky start to the season.

All of Oh's six outings thus far have been complicated, and this one was no different. It was compounded by a pair of plays he couldn't make not covering first base in time on an infield single and not making a clean throw to start a potential game-ending double play but ...    [ More ]
Leake, Cards 'pen get timely outs, beat Bucs
( Mike Leake's renaissance was on display again Tuesday, as he pitched the Cardinals to their first back-to-back wins of the season with a second straight 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Busch Stadium.

Though his scoreless innings streak came to an end at 14 1/3, Leake's dominance continued. He scattered seven hits, including two by outfielder Andrew McCutchen, but limited the Pirates to one run over 6 1/3 innings. Along the way, Leake induced 13 groundball outs.

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Impressive Rosenthal an option for setup role
( What was an uncertain fit for Trevor Rosenthal in Spring Training has evolved into a familiar one. So impressed by Rosenthal's improved command and effectiveness, the Cardinals have transitioned from viewing Rosenthal as a multiple-inning or middle reliever to seeing him as a viable late-inning option.

Rosenthal collected his second hold of the season by pitching a perfect eighth inning in Monday's 2-1 win. And with others in the 'pen struggling including setup men Kevin Siegrist, ...    [ More ]
Lynn's arm, Wong's bat lead Cards past Bucs
( Home from an exasperating road trip, the Cardinals played one of their crispest games of the season to halt Pittsburgh's three-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium on Monday night.

Lance Lynn gave the Cardinals seven brilliant innings to outduel Ivan Nova, whose remarkable efficiency was spoiled only by a few mistakes. Nova pitched an eight-inning complete game on 78 pitches, the most costly of which ended up leaving the park with Kolten Wong's third-inning ...    [ More ]