Game Report: Cardinals 3, Rockies 0

One night after he sat and watched the Rockies shut out the Cardinals, Adam Wainwright reversed that result on Saturday night at Coors Field.

Playing their 100th game in Colorado, and 88th at Coors Field, Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Cardinals to only their third road shutout against the Rockies.

Wainwright allowed just three hits in his third consecutive strong start. He has allowed only one run in 20 innings in those starts.

The only other Cardinals’ shutouts in Colorado came in 2006 and 2014.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Consecutive singles by Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham and Yadier Molina produced the first Cardinals’ run in the third. The hit-and-run single by Molina extended his hitting streak to 16 games, matching his career high from last season … Pham hit his fourth homer following a double by Fowler in the fifth to increase the lead to 3-0 … Pham added another single in the seventh, raising his average to .339 with his three-hit night … Fowler had just two hits in his 18 at-bats on the road trip before matching that total on Saturday night … Randal Grichuk was 0-of-4 and struck out three times.

On the mound:
Wainwright struck out six and issued only one walk to go with the three Colorado hits. He gave up two two-out singles in the second and a walk and single with two outs in the fourth. He retired the last 10 batters he faced in raising his record to 5-3 and lowering his ERA to 4.20 … Trevor Rosenthal had to work his way out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth (two walks and an error) and Seung Hwan Oh completed the shutout after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth.

Key stat: Pham has four homers and 13 RBIs in 18 games, 16 starts, this month, in just 62 at-bats. The rest of the Cardinals’ regular outfielders - Fowler, Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty – have combined for three home runs in May, two by Fowler and one by Grichuk, in 167 at-bats.

Worth noting:
Wainwright has won his last four starts at Coors Field, following a no-decision, and lowered his career ERA at the stadium to 2.31 … Kolten Wong was a late scratch from the lineup, once again suffering from stiffness in his left elbow … On the second game of his rehab assignment at Class A Palm Beach, Jose Martinez had a double and walked twice in four plate appearances … The Cardinals purchased the contract of right-handed reliever John Brebbia from Triple A Memphis on Saturday and designated Miguel Socolovich for assignment.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will conclude the series and the road trip on Sunday with Lance Lynn getting the start.