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Wainwright leads Cards over Mets and Harvey 2-1
ST LOUIS 2, NY METS 1

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Adam Wainwright used to be a creature of routine
leading up to each start.



"Same sleeping shirt the night before," the St. Louis Cardinals
ace said. "I couldn't wear blue jeans. I had to wear the color
red. Are you kidding me? It was ridiculous. If I didn't have any
of that, or worse, if something was thrown off, then instantly I
was thinking, `Oh, man, I'm in trouble.' And that's ridiculous.
It has nothing to do with getting anyone out. I figured that out
somewhere along the line."



With rain falling in the morning and clashing forecasts for the
afternoon, Wainwright wasn't sure whether he'd pitch at all
Thursday.



Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told him about 80 minutes before
start time to get ready, so Wainwright shortened his pregame
routine and then pitched seven scoreless innings to become the
major leagues' first 10-game winner. In a classic pitching
matchup, his 2-1 victory over the New York Mets sent Matt Harvey
to his first loss of the season.



"We had two Cy Young candidates going at each other," said Matt
Carpenter, who tripled in the go-ahead run in the third and
preserved the lead with a sparkling stop at second base in the
ninth.



Some forecasts had predicted up to 3 inches of rain.



"Two days ago, they were talking about we were going to need to
build an ark," Matheny said. "That's tough on the starting
pitcher. As he's walking through here an hour-and-a-half before
the game, he's completely out of his routine because he's
hearing conflicting stories of what's going to happen with
weather. But he got his mind together and got into an
abbreviated version of his routine and went out and executed."



After expecting a rain delay, Wainwright did his preparation and
warmup - "kind of a ground routine; it's not gymnastics, it's
just stretching" - in the clubhouse instead of on the field.



"My whole normal pregame routine was kind of thrown out the
window," he said.



Wainwright (10-3) retired his first 11 batters before David
Wright's single and allowed four hits, struck out six and walked
two - including an intentional pass that caused the Mets to
pinch hit for Harvey in the seventh. He tied his career best by
winning his fifth straight start, dropped his ERA to 2.18 and
got his 1,000th strikeout when Wright was called out on a
first-inning curveball.



"It wasn't much fun to be an offensive player today," Wright
said.



Known best in New York for freezing Carlos Beltran with a called
third strike to end Game 7 of the 2006 NL championship series,
Wainwright had been 0-4 with an 8.46 ERA in four starts against
the Mets since his only career win against them, in St. Louis on
April 18, 2010.



"I had everybody in the world tell me I had never beat the Mets
at their stadium, so it was something I wanted to do,"
Wainwright said.



Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth, and Edward Mujica allowed a
long home run to Marlon Byrd with one out in the ninth. John
Buck doubled and took third as Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded to
Carpenter, who made a diving backhand stop as he fell and threw
to first for the out.



"When it was hit, I thought he had a good chance of getting a
base hit up the middle." Carpenter said.



Josh Satin fouled off two full-count pitches and swung over a
splitter as Mujica remained perfect in 19 save chances.



Harvey (5-1) had given up one run and five hits in seven innings
with seven strikeouts and a walk, ending a 14-start unbeaten
streak dating to Sept. 12 but lowering his ERA to 2.04.



"He's as good as you're going to face in the big leagues,"
Carpenter said. "He's got electric stuff. `'



Harvey had no-decisions in eight of his previous nine starts,
and the Mets have scored just 18 runs while he's been in the
game during his last 10 outings, according to STATS.



"If I go seven zeros, we're still playing the ballgame." Harvey
said. "It's an incredible lineup. You really have to be locked
in one through nine."



St. Louis went ahead in the third when Pete Kozma hit an
opposite-field single to right for the first hit of the game and
Carpenter tripled past Byrd, who tried for a sprawling catch in
right but allowed the ball to bounce past him.



New York's bullpen gave up a run in the eighth, when Carpenter
and Beltran singled off Scott Rice, and Matt Holliday and Allen
Craig singled against LaTroy Hawkins.



A day of dazzling defense included Craig's diving stop at first
base in the eighth to rob Omar Quintanilla of a hit, two nifty
pickups by Daniel Descalso on slow rollers to third in the
seventh and a pair of challenging catches by center fielder John
Jay. He ran to the warning track for Lucas Duda's two-out drive
with a runner on second in the fourth and nabbed a wind-blown
drive by Jordany Valdespin leading off the sixth.



"Our guys played a flawless game," Wainwright said.



Next month, Wainwright and Harvey could find themselves in the
same clubhouse at Citi Field - on the NL All-Star team.



"That's a long time from now," Wainwright said. "I've got to get
a lot of different hitters out before I start worrying about
All-Star hitters."



NOTES: St. Louis took two of three in the series and improved
the big leagues' best record to 43-23. ... Craig has 49 RBIs.
... Kozma had three of the Cardinals' 10 hits.

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