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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Adam Wainwright won 19 games last season and finished second in the NL Cy Young voting. Dustin Pedroia Jersey . So far, his encore is even better. Wainwright became the National Leagues first eight-game winner by dominating Cincinnati again, and the St. Louis Cardinals pulled away to a 4-0 victory Sunday night that completed another successful series against their division rival. The Cardinals are 6-3 against the Reds this season. Theyve won 10 of their last 11 series together. Overall, St. Louis has won nine of its last 11 games and moved within 1 1-2 games of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. Wainwright (8-2) beat Johnny Cueto and the Reds on opening day in Cincinnati, allowing only three hits during seven innings of a 1-0 victory. On Sunday, the right-hander gave up five hits in eight innings and matched his career high with 12 strikeouts. "Thats the epitome of pitching, in my opinion," manager Mike Matheny said. "The people watching today maybe on the national (television) game, I hope they had an appreciation for what this guy does and how he does it." Wainwright set the tone by striking out five of the first six batters on a total of 24 pitches. He got Brandon Phillips on three pitches that clocked 73, 91 and 93 mph. The one disappointment for Wainwright last season was his rough showing against the Reds -- 1-3 in four starts with a 7.77 ERA. Hes fixed that problem. "Last year I was a one-side-of-the-plate pitcher and they just crushed me," Wainwright said. "This year, Im pitching a lot differently. Im using both sides of the plate." Tony Cruz and Kolten Wong each had a pair of singles and drove in a run off Mike Leake (2-4). Wong also stole a pair of bases. The game drew 42,273 fans, the Reds third sellout crowd of the season. All three sellouts have come against the Cardinals. Leake went six innings and continued his streak of solid pitching. The right-hander hasnt allowed more than two runs in any of his last five starts, giving up a total of eight earned runs. With Wainwright on his game again, it was two runs too much. Wainwright lowered his ERA to 1.67. In his last two starts, he has given up only six hits and no runs in 17 innings. "Ive never felt like this," the 31-year-old pitcher said. "Thats part of of the evolution of me. I expected to get better as I got older, and a little wiser. "Now that Im over 30 years old, I dont think theres any reason for me to start to decline. I think I should still try to get better and expect to get better." Cruz led off the third inning with a single and advanced on Wainwrights sacrifice bunt. Wong singled up the middle with two outs for a run. Matt Adams singled, Allen Craig walked and Cruz singled home a run with two outs in the sixth. The Cardinals added a pair of runs in the seventh with the help of two errors by the Reds, who lead the majors in fielding percentage. Wainwright pitched out of Cincinnatis best threat in the fifth, when the Reds got runners to second and third with two outs. He got Billy Hamilton on a called third strike to end the inning. Hamilton struck out four times against Wainwright on opening day and three more times Sunday, leaving him 0 for 7 with seven strikeouts and a walk off the right-hander. NOTES: The Cardinals return home for an afternoon game against the Yankees on Monday, with Michael Wacha (3-3) facing Chase Whitley (0-1). The Reds fly to Los Angeles for an evening game against the Dodgers, sending Cueto (4-3) against Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2). ... Wong extended his hitting streak to seven games. ... C Yadier Molina got a day of rest. ... OF Peter Bourjos was better, but still out of the lineup a day after he got a stomach virus. ... RHP Mat Latos made his first rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, allowing three hits and two runs in four innings. The Reds want him to make at least two more starts in the minors. ... RF Jay Bruce went 1 for 12 with seven strikeouts during the series, which marked his return from torn knee cartilage. Carlton Fisk Red Sox Jersey .com) - Thursday marks the official debut of a new dirt racing surface at Meydan Racecourse. Clay Buchholz Red Sox Jersey . -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line over the past eight seasons. . - Mark Sanchez found out the New York Jets had acquired Tim Tebow on a conference call with team management.As the Calgary Flames continue to thrive in the third period, penalty kill problems have plagued the Winnipeg Jets throughout their current rough stretch. In a matchup between Western Conference wild-card leaders, the Flames look to hand the visiting Jets a fourth consecutive defeat Monday night. Viewers in the Winnipeg region can watch all the action LIVE on TSN3 at 7:30pm ct, while listeners can hear the game on TSN 1290. Calgary (27-20-3) overcame a 2-0 deficit by doing all its scoring in the third period of Saturdays 4-2 win over Edmonton. Lance Bouma scored twice for the Flames, whose nine wins when trailing after two periods and 63 third-period goals are both league highs. Weve done it a lot this year, said Bouma, who has a career-high eight goals in his fourth season. We definitely have the belief in here going into the third period, whether were down by three or down by two, that we can come back in the game. A winner in six of eight, Calgary has recorded seven goals in the third period of those last two victories. I think the biggest thing is just confidence, Bouma said. Thats huge for us. Every game from here on in is going to be huge. Looking for their first playoff appearance since 2008-09, the Flames are three points behind wild-card-leading Winnipeg (26-17-8). One of Calgarys four goals Saturday came on the power-play, where its 2 for 9 in three games after going 4 for 57 in the previous 17 contests. Winnipegs last three opponents are 7 for 13 on the power play after Dallas converted half of its eight chances while handing the Jets a 55-2 loss Saturday. Steven Wright Red Sox Jersey. The Jets killed 19 of 20 penalties while winning the previous five in a row. Weve lost three in a row so you have to deal with that, said coach Paul Maurice, whose team has allowed five goals in each of the last three. Were slow on our (penalty) kill right now and thats a confidence thing. Winnipeg, which dropped a season-high four in a row from Oct. 11-19, drew 35 minutes in penalties Saturday - its third-highest total of the season. Its something that we need to get better at, said captain Andrew Ladd, who had a goal with an assist. At times, you try to wind yourself up as much as possible emotionally, trying to finish your check and (be) involved in the game. Sometimes, weve been taking it too far, so its something where we have to get better at walking that line and being more disciplined. Calgary scored once in the third period and went 1 for 3 with the man advantage in a 4-1 win at Winnipeg on Oct. 19. The Flames Mason Raymond recorded three of his 10 points on the season and Jonas Hiller made 34 saves. Hiller, who missed some time last month because of the flu, has a 1.35 goals-against average while winning two of his last three starts. Winnipegs Michael Hutchinson, who made 27 saves Saturday, has allowed nine goals while losing two straight since shutting out Columbus for his fourth straight victory. Teammate Ondrej Pavelec has a 3.36 GAA during a 2-3-2 stretch, and is 1-3-0 with a 3.55 GAA against the Flames. The Jets franchise has won two straight at Calgary since losing its first six trips. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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