By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright threw a one-hitter, facing one hitter over the minimum, and the St. Louis Cardinals ended an eight-game home run drought with long balls from Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta in a 5-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Working on six days rest because of a rainout and day off, Wainwright (7-2) retired the first 11 batters before Paul Goldschmidt doubled off the wall in center with two outs in the fourth. He matched his season best with nine strikeouts, fanning A.J. Pollock twice.
Peralta hit his team-leading ninth of the season in the sixth and added one of the Cardinals’ five doubles for a second RBI against Bronson Arroyo (4-3). Arroyo had been 3-0 with an 0.39 ERA in May and hadn’t allowed a homer his last four starts. Arroyo gave up five runs in seven innings.
Adams’ two-run shot in the first was the Cardinals’ first since May 9 when Peralta and Craig homered at Pittsburgh. It was their first in nine home games since Adams and Craig connected against the Brewers on April 30.
The Cardinals entered with 23 homers, fewest in the National League and second fewest in the majors.
The one-hitter was a career best for Wainwright, who has thrown four two-hitters. He threw his second shutout of the season and the eighth of his career on a day Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said struggling closer Trevor Rosenthal would not be available. Rosenthal has two blown saves his last five appearances, the last coming when he pitched for the fourth straight game and took the loss against the Braves on Sunday.
The Diamondbacks arrived minus new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, who managed the Cardinals for 16 seasons and retired in 2011 after leading them to a second World Series title. Manager Kirk Gibson said before the game he didn’t think it would have been a distraction.
“Having him around, we look at as a positive,” Gibson said. “I would say he’s probably a little better at making decisions than I am.”
Pollock made an outstanding running catch in center field a few steps from the wall to rob Molina of extra bases in the sixth.
The Diamondbacks’ first three hitters had been 15 for 28 with four homers and 11 RBIs the previous three games.
NOTES: Plate umpire Brian O’Nora left after three innings due to illness and the game was delayed several minutes while Marvin Hudson, who had been at second base, put on equipment to replace him. … Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (shoulder) missed his third straight start but is expected to return Wednesday. Gibson said an MRI exam last week showed no problems. … Attendance of 42,252 was the Cardinals’ 10th of the season. .. Wainwright has 106 victories with St. Louis, tied with eighth on the career list with Slim Salee. … Wainwright is 5-1 in six career starts at home against Arizona.