Adam Wainwright played stopper to the Cardinals' three-game skid as he used the two runs of support he received and made it stand in a 2-0 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Wednesday night. The victory made Wainwright the National League's first 11-game winner, and with 7 2/3 scoreless innings, he lowered his ERA to an NL-best 1.89. Wainwright kept Giants hitters off-balance all night and he has allowed only two runs combined in his last four starts. Wainwright is flat embarrassing major league hitters at the moment, going 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA in five starts since the beginning of June. He'll face the Pirates on Monday.
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After silencing the Boston Red Sox and their fans for 7 2/3 innings Monday night, Jake Arrieta received the ultimate compliment at sold-out Fenway Park after falling short in his bid for a no-hitter - a standing ovation. Arrieta came within four outs in his latest no-hit bid before Steven Drew hit Arrieta's career-high 120th and final pitch for a clean single to right field. Since coming off the disabled list on May 3rd, Arrieta is 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 11 starts. More impressive, he posted a 4-0 record and 0.92 ERA in six starts in June and has struck out 39 in his last 28 2/3 innings. Monday's performance was Arrieta's first since he threw six perfect innings before allowing two runs on three hits in the seventh in a 7-3 win over the Reds on June 24. Injuries have been and will continue to be a concern until he can consistently prove he's healthy, but while he's pitching like this Arrieta needs to be owned in any mixed leagues where he's still available.
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