CHICAGO (AP) - Adam Wainwright pitched six innings for his 20th victory and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Wainwright joins CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay as the big leagues' third 20-game winner one season after no pitchers accomplished the feat.
Wainwright (20-11) coasted after getting staked a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits, striking out seven and walking one. He tied Halladay for the NL lead in strikeouts with 213 and lowered his ERA to 2.42, second behind Marlins starter Josh Johnson in the NL.
Wainwright led the NL with 19 wins last season and became the first Cardinals pitcher to win 20 games since Chris Carpenter went 21-5 in 2005.