ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adam Wainwright worked eight innings of 3-hit ball to become the National League's first 15-game winner and Albert Pujols' rare hit off Wandy Rodriguez drove in the lone run in the St. Louis Cardinals' 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Brendan Ryan sped home from first on Pujols' one-out double down the third-base line in the first inning for the NL Central leaders. The Cardinals (73-54) have gone 14-3 since Aug. 7 and are a season-best 19 games above .500.
Wainwright (15-7) matched the Yankees' CC Sabathia for the major league victory lead, and regained the team lead over Chris Carpenter (14-3).
Before Tuesday, Pujols was 3 for 25 with no RBIs against Rodriguez.
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