St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright could have let a small inflamed area in his pitching arm mess up his performance on the mound, but the veteran starter had other ideas, allowing just one run in five innings as the Cards beat the Atlanta Braves 8-5 Friday night at Busch Stadium.
It's the seventh straight win for the Cardinals, who remain one game behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central
"It's just from being a pitcher for a long time," Wainwright told the news media assembled around his locker after the game.
The by-product of the discomfort was a big effect on velocity, as some of Wainwright's pitches struggled to make it out of the 50's or low 60's on the radar gun.
But the veteran hurler found a way to work through it and raise his record to 12-5 on the season.
The Cardinals' bats remained hot as they sent nine men in the plate in a four run second inning that featured three doubles, a single, and two walks.
St. Louis scored two more runs in the bottom of the third, capped off by a triple by Randal Grichuk and an RBI single by Wainwright, increasing the lead to 6-1.
But the Braves put together a four run inning in the sixth, including an RBI single by former Cardinal Matt Adams, who was traded by St. Louis earlier this season, and a three run homer off the bat of second baseman Ozzie Albies to make the score 6-5.
St. Louis picked up two big insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on Paul DeJong's two run double, and Matt Bowman took care of the rest with a one-two-three ninth to earn his second career save.
Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (10-7) took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits in just two and two thirds innings.
The Cardinals will try to make it eight wins in a row when they host the Braves Saturday evening at 6:15 p.m.
Carlos Martinez (8-9, 3.52 ERA) gets the start for St. Louis against Lucas Sims (0-2, 5.25 ERA).
The seven game winning streak is the most for the Cardinals since winning eight in a row 4/28-5/5/15.
The eight runs or more scored in six straight wins has never been done by a St. Louis team.
Cards reliever Zach Duke has not allowed a run in his last six appearances.
Friday's announced attendance was 41,928.