Wacha loses grip on Dodgers

Wacha loses grip on Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Activated off the disabled list to be the starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda's two-run RBI single in the fourth inning put the Dodgers on top for good in a 7-3 series-clinching win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Maeda's five-inning, 78-pitch night was backed by Chase Utley's first home run of the season and Chris Taylor's three hits and RBI. Hyun-Jin Ryu earned a four-inning save in his first Major League relief appearance, allowing two hits.

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Gyorko continues to exceed expectations

Gyorko continues to exceed expectations

LOS ANGELES -- Two months after the Cardinals announced plans to open the season with Jhonny Peralta at third base, the player bumped to the bench by that decision has distinguished himself as the offense's most potent piece.

Jedd Gyorko, who sparked the Cardinals' early rush of offense in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Dodgers, continues to redefine his offensive profile this year. And with a quarter of the season already passed, he continues to cast away skepticism that the more multi-dimensional look can't stick.

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Carpenter bunting to exploit the shift

Carpenter bunting to exploit the shift

LOS ANGELES -- Despite objections others might have about a three-hole hitter settling for a bunt, Matt Carpenter insisted again on Thursday that he will continue to exploit defensive shifts by trying to push a bunt down the third-base line.

Carpenter made two such attempts on Wednesday, and the second was not only successful, it keyed the Cardinals' three-run fifth in a 6-1 win over the Dodgers. Carpenter has looked for similar openings all season, but this time, he was able to take advantage of the fact that the Dodgers employed a different shift than most other teams.

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Martinez tries to tame hot-hitting Rockies

Martinez tries to tame hot-hitting Rockies

The National League West-leading Rockies are coming off a road trip full of power and run production. But when they return home Friday night to face the Cardinals in the opener of a three-game set, right-hander Carlos Martinez will test the Rockies' discipline.

Martinez leads the Majors' best rotation into Coors Field, a venue that will test any starter, no matter how good. The Cardinals enter the series having received 11 consecutive quality starts in their last 12 games. During that stretch, their rotation has posted a 2.19 ERA.

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Leake silences LA, reclaims NL ERA lead

Leake silences LA, reclaims NL ERA lead

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Leake fired a four-hitter for eight innings while the Cardinals capitalized on seven walks issued by Dodgers starter Rich Hill and a two-run error by left fielder Cody Bellinger in a 6-1 win Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The win was the Cardinals' 10th in their last 11 road games and pulled them to within a half-game of the division-leading Brewers.

Leake (5-2) reclaimed the National League ERA lead from Clayton Kershaw at 1.91, striking out five without a walk. All nine of his starts this year have been quality starts, and he completed a turn through the Cardinals' rotation in which the starters allowed three runs over 38 1/3 innings.

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Cards' bats patiently snap out of funk

Cards' bats patiently snap out of funk

LOS ANGELES -- A Cardinals offense yearning for a spark after being stymied over 13 innings in Tuesday's series opener got one from an unlikely source on Wednesday: the Dodgers.

Before the Cardinals' bats awoke, they were gifted a handful of baserunners to set up the sort of scoring opportunity missing one night earlier. Aided by Rich Hill's seven walks and a Dodgers defensive gaffe, the Cardinals backed Mike Leake's latest masterpiece with plenty of support to run off with a 6-1 victory.

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Matheny ponders moving Fowler in lineup

Matheny ponders moving Fowler in lineup

LOS ANGELES - As Dexter Fowler's hitless skid extended to 20 at-bats on Wednesday in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Dodgers, dropping his averaged precariously close to the Mendoza line, manager Mike Matheny acknowledged the possibility of rethinking Fowler's place in the lineup as a way to try to spark his bat.

However, that doesn't mean Matheny is ready to do so immediately. As he's done with other struggling veterans, Matheny would prefer to give Fowler a longer leash than most because he's had such sustained success from the leadoff spot.

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Memphis thrives because of impressive depth

Memphis thrives because of impressive depth

LOS ANGELES -- More significant than the fact that the Cardinals' Triple-A club in Memphis continues to pace the Pacific Coast League with 29 victories through 47 games is how many players are behind that success.

The Cardinals find themselves with remarkable Triple-A depth, particularly with the recent return of injured starting pitchers John Gant, Luke Weaver and Marco Gonzales. All three have big league experience and would be considered options for the Major League rotation should there be a need.

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Lynn latest Cards starter to have gem wasted

Righty allows 1 run on 2 hits over 8 innings in 2-1 loss to Dodgers

Lynn latest Cards starter to have gem wasted

LOS ANGELES -- Three days after squandering nine shutout innings from Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals wasted yet another spectacular starting performance on Tuesday, this one by Lance Lynn, who rose to the challenge presented by Clayton Kershaw.

Lynn went eight terrific innings, delivering 123 pitches (the third-highest total of his career) and allowing the Dodgers to turn only two of those into hits. Nevertheless, the Cardinals fell for the fifth time in six games, this time losing, 2-1, in 13 innings.

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Cards fall in 13th after epic Lynn-Kershaw duel

Cards fall in 13th after epic Lynn-Kershaw duel

LOS ANGELES -- Logan Forsythe, who returned from the disabled list with strikeouts in his first four at-bats, doubled home Enrique Hernandez with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night as the Dodgers walked off with a 2-1 win over the Cardinals, after a classic pitchers' duel between Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn.

"Once it happens, after that fourth one, I was like, 'OK, well something needs to change,'" said Forsythe. "But that was even the case after the first one. I was like, 'All right, make an adjustment.' Sometimes it takes a little bit or a couple more at bats to find it. Luckily, I was able to get the barrel and make a play."

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Cards activate lefty Lyons, option Tuivailala

Cards activate lefty Lyons, option Tuivailala

LOS ANGELES -- Three days after throwing 58 pitches in a rehab start with Double-A Springfield, lefty Tyler Lyons joined the Cardinals Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he was activated from the 10-day disabled list before the series opener against the Dodgers.

In a corresponding move, the Cards optioned right-hander Sam Tuivailala back to Triple-A Memphis.

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Duke rehabs with goal of returning this season

Lefty reliever underwent Tommy John surgery in October

Duke rehabs with goal of returning this season

ST. LOUIS -- A look at the past and present would suggest that by late July, the Cardinals will be in the market for pitching help. It's what they've acquired in six of the seven moves made within 10 days of the non-waiver Trade Deadline since Mike Matheny became manager, and concerns about the durability of some of their current relievers hint that holes may arise.

But perhaps this time, St. Louis can find relief from within.

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Arozarena continues to swing a hot bat

Arozarena continues to swing a hot bat

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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All right with Wainwright in win over Giants

All right with Wainwright in win over Giants

ST. LOUIS -- Insistent that what he showed early this season was not an indication of a precipitous career decline, Adam Wainwright, in leading the Cardinals to an 8-3 win over the Giants on Sunday, delivered further evidence to rebuff such assumptions on Sunday. The Cardinals' win also helped them halt a four-game losing streak and avoid being swept at Busch Stadium by San Francisco for the first time since 1998.

Once two of the most dominant right-handers in the game, Wainwright and Matt Cain each sought to build off strong starts. Only Wainwright did. Cain, stung by Randal Grichuk's bases-clearing double in the second and a two-run homer by Matt Carpenter in the fifth, let things get away early.

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Bader, DeJong combine for seven hits

Bader, DeJong combine for seven hits

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Peralta provides spark since return from DL

Veteran reaches base five times in first three games back

Peralta provides spark since return from DL

ST. LOUIS -- When Jhonny Peralta was put on the disabled list earlier this season, there were questions surrounding whether the 14-year veteran could contribute to the Cardinals going forward. Upon returning to St. Louis a month later, his performance on the field has certainly revealed reasons for optimism.

Peralta had two hits in his three at-bats in the team's 8-3 win over the Giants on Sunday, showing no signs of the illness that had plagued him in the beginning of the year.

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Cardinals blink in 13th inning of pitching duel

Cardinals blink in 13th inning of pitching duel

ST. LOUIS -- In a game where the Giants had already outlasted Carlos Martinez, rookie third baseman Christian Arroyo capped a 12-pitch at-bat against Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist with a two-run double to help San Francisco steal a 3-1, 13-inning win at Busch Stadium on Saturday.

The Giants went 12 innings without advancing a runner into scoring position, the first team to do so since 1990. But when they finally did, they capitalized. A string of three successive one-out singles by San Francisco put Siegrist in a pickle, and he couldn't get out of it against Arroyo. The 21-year-old fouled off seven pitches before lining a changeup off the wall to plate the game's first two runs.

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Martinez dazzles with 9 shutout innings

Martinez dazzles with 9 shutout innings

ST. LOUIS -- The best start of Carlos Martinez's career finished as a footnote in the outcome -- a 3-1 loss to the Giants that extended the Cardinals' losing streak to four. As far as individual significance, however, the night lands among Martinez's career highlights.

Martinez has long eyed the chance to complete a game he started. He'll have to continue waiting for that opportunity, but he did push further than ever before with Saturday's nine-inning start against the Giants. It would have ticked off two new firsts -- a shutout and a complete game -- if only the Cardinals' offense could have mustered some support.

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Cards get prospect from Braves for Adams

Cards get prospect from Braves for Adams

ST. LOUIS -- With no place to put him in the field, the Cardinals parted ways with first baseman Matt Adams on Saturday, trading him to the Braves for Minor League infielder Juan Yepez. The Cardinals also sent the Braves cash to cover part of what's remaining of Adams' $2.8 million salary this season.

The Cardinals announced the deal about an hour before Saturday's game against the Giants. The timing of it was critical, as Adams' departure opened a roster spot for Stephen Piscotty to be activated from the 10-day disabled list.

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Gonzales excels in start for Memphis

Gonzales excels in start for Memphis

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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Cardinals' offer to prospect Robert spurned

Piscotty comes off disabled list, starts vs. Giants

Cardinals' offer to prospect Robert spurned

ST. LOUIS -- Despite an aggressive attempt to lure one of the top international prospects to St. Louis, the Cardinals fell short in their pursuit of 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, who is instead finalizing a deal with the White Sox.

General manager John Mozeliak received official word Saturday that the Cardinals were out of the mix for Robert, though Mozeliak acknowledged he had sensed for a few days that this was not going to work out for the organization.

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Cardinals can't hold on after Fowler's homer

Cardinals can't hold on after Fowler's homer

ST. LOUIS -- Eduardo Nunez ignited one rally and capped the next to help the Giants correct, at least for one night, their troubles on the road, scoring three times over the final three innings to nab a 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

Despite Michael Wacha's six scoreless innings and modest pitch count (86) and the unavailability of setup man Trevor Rosenthal, the Cardinals turned the game over to their 'pen in the seventh. Things got out of hand almost immediately. Nunez opened the inning with a single, and the Giants later capitalized on an error while batting around in their order. In doing so, they flipped a two-run hole into a 3-2 lead.

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Cardinals get creative with Rosenthal out

Cardinals get creative with Rosenthal out

ST. LOUIS -- Though their final lead was lost by the reliever actually appearing in his scripted role, the Cardinals saw the late innings of Friday's 6-5 loss to the Giants complicated mightily by the unavailability of one critical reliever.

With usual eighth-inning setup man Trevor Rosenthal not cleared by the medical staff, manager Mike Matheny called upon other relievers to pitch in unfamiliar spots. He hoped that together they could carry a lead to closer Seung Hwan Oh. And though they did, there were significant hiccups along the way.

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Cardinals activate Peralta, option OF Sierra

Cardinals activate Peralta, option OF Sierra

ST. LOUIS -- Infielder Jhonny Peralta rejoined the Cardinals on Friday, but not as the fit he once was.

Replaced by Jedd Gyorko early this season when medication for an upper respiratory infection left him sluggish, Peralta returns knowing that Gyorko has earned the chance to remain the everyday third baseman. And with Aledmys Diaz entrenched at short, Peralta is now facing a future on the bench.

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How Cards reclaimed control of running game

Pitchers have been focused on moves to hold the opposition

How Cards reclaimed control of running game

St. Louis has ranked within the top five in limiting stolen bases each year since Yadier Molina's rookie season in 2004, a period of extended distinction that points to both the catcher's on-field influence and the organization's philosophy of building, and teaching, around it. So to see the Cardinals plummet all the way to 16th in that department last season sent red flags throughout the organization.

Why, in the age of base-to-base baseball (just 3,538 stolen-base attempts were made across the league in 2016, the fewest in a full season since 1973), was this happening to this team?

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Cardinals celebrate '67 championship

Cardinals celebrate '67 championship

ST. LOUIS -- Fifty years after defeating the Red Sox in seven games to capture the franchise's eighth World Series championship, members of the Cardinals' 1967 team gathered at Busch Stadium on Wednesday as part of an anniversary celebration. Mostly, though, they just wanted to share stories.

Reunions have become rare for this bunch, outside of those who remain employed by the organization or have made St. Louis their home. And so when they do get together, as 13 players from that team and manager Red Schoendienst did on Wednesday, conversation so easily turns to reminiscing.

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Gallen throws eight scoreless, fans six

Gallen throws eight scoreless, fans six

J.P. Crawford collected a season-high three hits on Wednesday, though none were bigger than the Phillies' top prospect's go-ahead two-run single in the top of the 11th inning that propelled Triple-A Lehigh Valley to its 12th straight victory.

Crawford, MLB Pipeline's No. 4 overall prospect, drove in a run with each of his three knocks, tallying RBI singles in his first two at-bats before coming through in extra innings and finishing with four RBIs (also a season-high) in the IronPigs' 11-8 win over Rochester.

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