MLB Score from Tues., Aug. 21st: Cardinals 7, Astros 0

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August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in a five-hitter and the St. Louis Cardinals punished rookie Lucas Harrell with six runs in the first three innings, getting over an excruciating 19-inning loss two days earlier with a 7-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Skip Schumaker and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece for the Cardinals, who got six hits the first seven at-bats in a four-run first and then capitalized on a pair of walks to open a two-run third. Jon Jay had three hits and an RBI. Wainwright (12-10) threw his second shutout and third complete game of the season. Two of the complete games have come during a string of six consecutive victories at home with a 1.42 ERA. He pitched a five-hitter on Aug. 4, a 6-1 victory over the Brewers.

Carlos Beltran, the National League’s RBIs leader, missed his second start in three games because of a right hand injury. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the hand has been bothering Beltran for a while. Beltran was 0 for 8 in a 19-inning loss to the Pirates on Sunday, and Matheny said the injury has flared up, but that he didn’t think he’d be out long. Beltran is hitting .278 with 28 homers and 85 RBIs Regular first baseman Allen Craig moved to right field for Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Astros, with Matt Carpenter replacing Craig at first. Matheny said Craig is more comfortable in the outfield.

In other Cardinal’s news…

The Redbirds have agreed to a one-year contract with pitcher Jake Westbrook with a mutual option for 2014. The 34-year-old Westbrook is 12-9 with a 3.50 ERA in 24 starts this season, leaving him three shy of 100 career victories. The sinkerballer leads the National League with 22 double plays induced and is also the best in the league at getting ground balls at 73 percent. Westbrook is in his second full season with the Cardinals, who acquired him in a deal with the Indians at the 2010 trade deadline. The Cardinals announced the contract on Tuesday.