Cardinals down Nats 4-1

 WASHINGTON (AP) - Adam Wainwright pitched six strong innings, Rick Ankiel broke a five-week homer drought and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a 3-game losing skid with a rain-shortened 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

Wainwright (11-6) allowed one run and eight hits in the 19th consecutive start he has gone at least six innings. He walked one and struck out seven in his first complete game of the season and third of his career.

The game, a makeup of a May 3 contest postponed by rain, was called with one out in the top of the seventh after a 1-hour, 30-minute delay left the field unplayable. There was a 76-minute stoppage in the fourth inning.

Adam Dunn had three hits for the Nationals, who had won two straight.

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