Wainwright, Cardinals Beat Nationals

Wainwright pitches 8 solid innings as St. Louis goes to 4-1
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2008 6:47 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals' Cesar Izturis connects for an RBI single in the second inning in front of Washington Nationals' catcher Jesus Flores today. Izturis' RBI scored Adam Kennedy from third base.    (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)
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(Newser) – Adam Wainwright completed a dominating first time around for the St. Louis Cardinals' injury-depleted rotation, working eight strong innings in a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals today. Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBIs and Wainwright also drove in a run from the eighth spot in the lineup, where manager Tony La Russa is again placing his pitcher.

The Cardinals' 4-1 start is their best since 2000, when they also won four of their first five. Nick Johnson was 3-for-4 with his first home run and two RBIs for Washington, and Jesus Flores' two-run shot off Anthony Reyes cut the deficit to a run in the ninth. Randy Flores made one pitch for his first save of the season and fourth of his career.