Wainwright pitches 3-hitter, Cards top Braves 9-1 in opener

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of the first baseball game of a double header Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Wainwright struck out 11 and pitched a three-hitter, sending the St. Louis Cardinals over the Atlanta Braves 9-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt homered for the Cardinals in the seven-inning game.

The 39-year-old Wainwright didn’t allow a hit until the fourth, when Freddie Freeman singled. It was Wainwright’s 26th career complete game, two of them this season.

Wainwright reversed a trend in which he was 1-2 with an 8.20 in four road starts this year.

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press

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