Wainwright Wins 19th As Cards Close Reds Lead To 6

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adam Wainwright earned his 19th win with a

dominant performance and Colby Rasmus homered and scored twice,

helping the St. Louis Cardinals take three of four from the San

Diego Padres with a 4-1 victory Sunday.

Jon Garland (14-12) allowed four runs in seven innings for the

Padres, who have lost 12 of their last 13 in St. Louis. San Diego

lost only its second series of the season against an NL Central


Will Venable had two hits and a walk for the Padres, who began

the day with a half-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.

They're 4-7 in their last 11 and 7-17 since Aug. 26, when they had

a 6½-game cushion.

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