Leake does it all in win for Cardinals

Leake does it all in win for Cardinals

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Leake grabbed a bat and did his best Adam Wainwright impersonation, while Jimmy Nelson remained oh-for-St. Louis.

Leake, who entered the day as the National League's ERA leader, surrendered multiple runs for the first time this season, but made up for it by hitting a go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth, capping a three-run Cardinals rally in their 6-4 win over Nelson and the Brewers at Miller Park on Sunday. The Brewers mounted a valiant effort in the bottom of the ninth but fell for the fifth time in six games, while the Cardinals have won six of their last seven.

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Diaz's homer looms large as Cards edge Crew

Diaz's homer looms large as Cards edge Crew

MILWAUKEE -- A banged-up Aledmys Diaz did not start for the Cardinals on Saturday, but he made his presence felt with one big swing off the bench.

Diaz, sitting out the start after he tweaked his back and shoulder the night before, delivered a pinch-hit, tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning to back starter Lance Lynn, and the Cardinals held off a Brewers rally in the eighth on the way to a 4-1 win over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

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Lynn finds pre-surgery form -- or better

Coming off TJ surgery, righty using secondary pitches more wisely

Lynn finds pre-surgery form -- or better

MILWAUKEE -- Entering the season, questions surrounded the Cardinals' starting rotation, a majority of which had something to prove.

Could Adam Wainwright, Mike Leake and Michael Wacha bounce back from down seasons and return to form? What could St. Louis expect from Lance Lynn coming off a missed season following Tommy John surgery?

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Wacha aims to continue solid '17 start

Wacha aims to continue solid '17 start

The Cardinals have not faced the Blue Jays since 2014, but they will see a familiar face opposing them when Toronto and St. Louis begin an Interleague series Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. CT.

Taking the mound for the Blue Jays in St. Louis will be Marco Estrada, who the Cardinals have had great success against during his time with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Wainwright does it all in win over Brewers

Wainwright does it all in win over Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Here's one way for the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright to get back on track: start mashing.

Struggling on the mound to start this season, Wainwright took matters into his own hands at the plate on Friday by driving in four runs including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.

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'Lucky bat' comes through for Wainwright

'Lucky bat' comes through for Wainwright

MILWAUKEE -- Adam Wainwright's lucky bat contributed two final blows in the Cardinals' 6-3 win Friday before suffering a happy death.

Two pitches after he hit a soft grounder down the third-base line that would have been an easy out but was foul by a few inches, Wainwright turned around a 96 mph fastball from Wily Peralta for a two-run home run into the second deck in left field to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the third inning.

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Waino reminds us he's a #PitcherWhoRakes

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Waino reminds us he's a #PitcherWhoRakes

With a runner on third and one out in the top of the third of Friday's Brewers-Cardinals game, Adam Wainwright stepped to the plate. Surely thinking, "He's the pitcher -- how hard could he possibly hit the ball?" Craig Counsell instructed his infielders to move in. 

What the skipper should have done was move the outfielders back -- so far back that they were in the stands. Because that's where Wainwright deposited Wily Peralta's sixth pitch of the at-bat. 

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Villar's movement in Piscotty AB causes delay

Villar's movement in Piscotty AB causes delay

MILWAUKEE -- Defensive shifts have had a great impact on Major League Baseball in recent years, at times providing unique situations with fielders moved all over the diamond.

Such an instance took place Thursday at Miller Park. The Brewers employed a shift with right-handed-hitting Stephen Piscotty at the plate with a runner on third and two outs in the top of the first inning.

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Carpenter, Gyorko homer in loss to Brewers

Carpenter, Gyorko homer in loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Move over, Harvey's Wallbangers. Milwaukee has a new slugging crew.

The Brewers padded their Major League-leading home run tally by launching three more on Thursday, when Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Jett Bandy each went deep with runners on base to account for all of Milwaukee's runs in a 7-5 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park.

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Martinez struggling with fastball command

Cardinals right-hander has walked 11 over last three starts

Martinez struggling with fastball command

MILWAUKEE -- Pitchers fight inconsistency all the time, but Carlos Martinez has taken it to an extreme over his last two outings.

Similar to his last start, in which he walked eight and struck out 11 in a loss to the Yankees, Martinez struggled with command but also had stretches where everything clicked during the Cardinals' 7-5 loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

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Peralta placed on DL with respiratory issue

Lyons activated to 25-man roster in place of Cards' third baseman

Peralta placed on DL with respiratory issue

MILWAUKEE -- Jhonny Peralta is going to be afforded the time necessary to recover from an upper respiratory illness that has ailed him since Spring Training.

The Cardinals placed the veteran third baseman on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday, activating left-hander Tyler Lyons in a corresponding move.

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Cards sweep Pirates behind Fowler's 2 HRs

Cards sweep Pirates behind Fowler's 2 HRs

ST. LOUIS -- The sting of a slow start felt a little less severe on Wednesday, as the Cardinals wrapped up a series sweep of the Pirates with a boost from Dexter Fowler's bat and another strong starting pitching performance. All three games in this series ended with a 2-1 score.

Fowler provided all the necessary offense with his first multi-homer game since 2013. His solo shots off Pirates' starter Gerrit Cole in the third and fifth innings were his first home runs with the club. The second was recognized with a curtain call, Fowler's first at Busch Stadium.

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Starters keeping Cardinals in games

After sweep, Matheny lauds rotation's consistency

Starters keeping Cardinals in games

ST. LOUIS -- The eighth question lobbed at manager Mike Matheny following the Cardinals' third successive 2-1 win over the Pirates was related to the contributions of the rotation, to which Matheny quipped: "That's probably where we should start this thing every day."

Indeed, the rotation was the foundation on which all of these one-run wins was built, as it took three stingy starts to help the Cardinals rebound from a rough road trip with a sweep of a division rival. The Cardinals' starters in this series -- Lance Lynn, Mike Leake and Michael Wacha -- each pitched into the seventh and combined to allow two runs over 20 innings.

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Fernandez brilliant for Palm Beach

Fernandez brilliant for Palm Beach

Class A Advanced Palm Beach right-hander Junior Fernandez put his tough start to the season behind him in a truly dominant manner on Wednesday night, retiring the first 19 batters he faced en route to tossing eight scoreless innings to pace the Cardinals in a 7-0 shutout of Tampa.

The win was the first of the season for the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect, who allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out six and generating nine ground-ball outs.

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Fowler breaks out of rut with two homers

Veteran working his way through mechanical issues sees results

Fowler breaks out of rut with two homers

ST. LOUIS -- The results caught up to the process for Dexter Fowler on Wednesday, as days of grinding through mechanical issues with his swing and enjoying little luck on balls put in play were mostly forgotten with two successive swings.

Fowler became the first player in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game won with two runs scored. Each of his solo shots off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole gave the Cardinals a lead in what finished as a 2-1 victory.  

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Diaz trying to recapture success of 2016

Diaz trying to recapture success of 2016

ST. LOUIS -- Given Wednesday off amid an 0-for-18 skid, shortstop Aledmys Diaz used the extra time to plant himself in the video room and seek out solutions. Specifically, Diaz cued up video of 2016 to review what had worked in a season where he posted a .300/.369/.510 slash line.

"Sometimes it's better taking a day off in the cage and look at old videos for a little bit," he said. "Right now, I don't feel really good at the plate. But I'll be better."

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Leake, Cards 'pen get timely outs, beat Bucs

Leake, Cards 'pen get timely outs, beat Bucs

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Leake's renaissance was on display again Tuesday, as he pitched the Cardinals to their first back-to-back wins of the season with a second straight 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Busch Stadium.

Though his scoreless innings streak came to an end at 14 1/3, Leake's dominance continued. He scattered seven hits, including two by outfielder Andrew McCutchen, but limited the Pirates to one run over 6 1/3 innings. Along the way, Leake induced 13 groundball outs.

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Bowman extends scoreless streak in key spot

Bowman extends scoreless streak in key spot

ST. LOUIS -- A Rule 5 pick a year ago, Matt Bowman is now emerging as one of the most reliable arms in a Cardinals bullpen beset by early inconsistency.

Though manager Mike Matheny had his pick of relievers, it was Bowman who he summoned to hold a one-run lead in the eighth inning Tuesday. Bowman responded by pushing his scoreless innings streak to 17 1/3, which set up the Cardinals to close out a 2-1 victory over the Pirates. That scoreless streak, which dates back to Sept. 6, 2016, doesn't include the 12 shutout innings Bowman threw in Spring Training to earn his place back on the roster, either.

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Jones throws six scoreless for Palm Beach

Jones throws six scoreless for Palm Beach

Any lingering concerns regarding Lewis Brinson's health were quashed by his performance on Tuesday night. Playing in just his fifth game since returning from a dislocated pinky finger, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect recorded four hits, including his second home run, and five RBIs to pace Triple-A Colorado Springs in a 14-4 win over Memphis.

Brinson, ranked 16th on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, flied out in his first at-bat before giving the Sky Sox the lead with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the second inning. He connected on a three-run home run to left field off of Redbirds right-hander Chris Ellis (Cardinals' No. 28 prospect) in the following frame and then tacked on a pair of singles in the seventh and eighth innings to finish 4-for-6 at the plate.

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Impressive Rosenthal an option for setup role

Righty's command, velocity are back; Carpenter nearing return

Impressive Rosenthal an option for setup role

ST. LOUIS -- What was an uncertain fit for Trevor Rosenthal in Spring Training has evolved into a familiar one. So impressed by Rosenthal's improved command and effectiveness, the Cardinals have transitioned from viewing Rosenthal as a multiple-inning or middle reliever to seeing him as a viable late-inning option.

Rosenthal collected his second hold of the season by pitching a perfect eighth inning in Monday's 2-1 win. And with others in the 'pen struggling -- including setup men Kevin Siegrist, Brett Cecil and Jonathan Broxton -- Rosenthal, a former closer, is a natural choice to plug into that spot.

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Cards display capability in complete victory

Club sharp in all facets as it tries to turn around disappointing start

Cards display capability in complete victory

ST. LOUIS -- One game does not change a season trajectory, but Monday's 2-1 victory over the Pirates can serve as a blueprint for a Cardinals team yearning to turn things around.

A team that stumbled to a 3-9 start and looked unsound in most areas used one of its most complete games of the season to snap a three-game losing streak. The starting pitching was stellar, with Lance Lynn covering seven scoreless innings. And the bullpen, even with a ninth-inning hiccup, was sturdier than it's been.

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Lynn's arm, Wong's bat lead Cards past Bucs

Lynn's arm, Wong's bat lead Cards past Bucs

ST. LOUIS -- Home from an exasperating road trip, the Cardinals played one of their crispest games of the season to halt Pittsburgh's three-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium on Monday night.

"It's the biggest win possible in April that you can have," Cardinals starter Lance Lynn said wryly, after earning his first victory since 2015. "We're happy to be home. We have a three-game series here against a division rival. We got off to a good start, and hopefully we can keep rolling and start doing some things we're capable of and enjoy the season."

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Flaherty spins another gem

Flaherty spins another gem

After an impressive spring in big league camp, Andrew Stevenson hasn't skipped a beat to begin the season. On Monday, the Nationals' No. 5 prospect collected a career-high five hits to help lead Double-A Harrisburg past Harford, 16-14, in 13 innings.

Stevenson flew out in his first at-bat, but collected singles in his next two trips to the plate. He would then notch RBI singles in the eighth and ninth innings before doubling in the 12th to finish 5-for-7 and improve his average to .381.

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Mozeliak calling for sense of urgency

Cardinals' GM says 'everything is on the table' if club is unable to right ship

Mozeliak calling for sense of urgency

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said multiple times on Monday that "everything is on the table" as he and manager Mike Matheny seek to jump-start a team that had stumbled out to its worst 12-game start in 29 years.

Mozeliak watched from home this past week with the same frustration and disbelief as many others while the club finished a six-game road trip with one victory. He could find some positives with Monday's crisp, 2-1 win over the Pirates, but that alone won't keep Mozeliak from examining early red flags with the roster he built while understanding that the season is still young.

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Cards can't pick up Waino as Yanks sweep

Cards can't pick up Waino as Yanks sweep

NEW YORK -- Greg Bird burst out of his 0-for-20 slump, and Michael Pineda handcuffed the Cardinals' offense on Sunday night to lead the Yankees to a 9-3 victory that sealed a three-game Interleague sweep and extended their winning streak to seven games. With the win, the Yankees have opened the season 6-0 at home for the first time since 1998.

Bird, who had one hit in 30 plate appearances entering the night, reached base four times, most notably with a second-inning blast that put the Yankees ahead, 3-1.

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Cards, Yanks proud to celebrate Jackie's Day

Cards, Yanks proud to celebrate Jackie's Day

NEW YORK -- Some 15 or so miles north of the spot where Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut 70 years ago, the Cardinals and Yankees wore his No. 42 on Saturday at Yankee Stadium to honor Robinson's legacy.

It was part of the Major League Baseball-wide effort to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day, which falls each year on the day that Robinson broke the sport's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Odd-yssey: Martinez records 11K's, 8 walks

Odd-yssey: Martinez records 11K's, 8 walks

NEW YORK -- By the time Carlos Martinez's 118-pitch day was over, he had posted as peculiar a pitching line as the Cardinals have seen in some time.

There were fits of erratic command -- which contributed to eight walks -- but also flashes of the electric stuff that helped him strike out 11. In the end, Martinez navigated through the uneven performance without letting the game unravel, though it contributed to a 3-2 loss on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

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Cards can't overcome wild start vs. Yankees

Cards can't overcome wild start vs. Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Yankees did enough against an uncharacteristically wild Carlos Martinez to support a stellar start from CC Sabathia and extend their winning streak to six games with Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Yankee Stadium.

The afternoon started in odd fashion, with the Yankees not putting a ball in play until Martinez's 62nd pitch. By then, New York had drawn six walks, struck out six times and taken a 1-0 lead. The run scored on a Martinez wild pitch, the first of two errant throws he'd make that led directly to runs.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Yankees on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.