Though the Cardinals' road to the NL Central title was bumpier than most had anticipated, they still won more games than all but four teams in the major leagues. Here's a look at the Cardinals' 10 most memorable wins, though you might disagree if you were watching the day Oscar Taveras (above) debuted with his first homer or were at Busch Stadium the night Matt Holliday crushed the team's most impressive homer or remember any of the five walk-off wins that weren't decided by a home run. When you win 90 games, you have more than most teams to choose from.
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March 31: Cardinals 1, Reds 0
The season opener at Cincinnati was just one of 162 games, but what a window into the season it provided. Adam Wainwright delivered the first of his 12 scoreless starts, the club came up with its first of 23 shutouts and, alas, the offense was held to a lone run for the first of 37 times.
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May 20: Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 0
Adam Wainwright made his latest and perhaps greatest statement that he is one of the game's true elite starters. Paul Goldschmidt's fourth-inning double to deep right-center was all that kept Wainwright from a perfect game, which would have made quite a "notch on the belt," as the ace likes to say. Wainwright settled for his first one-hitter while striking out nine and improving to 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA.
May 27: Cardinals 6, Yankees 0
This was all about Lance Lynn. The big right-hander took a huge step forward by dominating the Yankees for the first shutout and complete game of his career. With 116 pitches through eight innings, Lynn went out for the ninth having been told if one Yankee reached, his outing was over. He needed just 10 pitches to retire the side in order. "It's been a big deal for him," Mike Matheny said. "We're all happy for him."
June 4: Cardinals 5, Royals 2
Matt Carpenter became the first Cardinal since 2009 to enjoy a five-hit game, and his last hit was the best. In the top of the 11th at Kansas City, Carpenter doubled in the go-ahead run two innings after the Cardinals had blown a 2-0 lead. Upon entering the dugout after the rough ninth inning, Carpenter screamed that the game would not end like that. He made sure it didn't.
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June 7: Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 0
The Cardinals had lost seven of nine when they headed to Toronto for what shaped up as a potentially ugly series against the then first-place Jays. They dropped the first game of the series before Shelby Miller (above) stepped up and shut down Toronto with a three-hitter. Randal Grichuk hit his first big-league homer in the fifth off Mark Buehrle for the only run until the Cardinals scored four in the eighth. With momentum on their side, Jaime Garcia led the way in a shutout victory the next day.
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July 7-8: Cardinals 2-5, Pirates 0-4
No Cardinal had hit a walk-off homer since David Freese in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series before Matt Adams (above) and Kolten Wong did the deed on consecutive nights. Adding to Adams' heroics was that he homered off a hard-throwing lefty, Justin Wilson. For Wong, his winning blast was one of five homers he would hit in a seven-game stretch after returning from the disabled list.
July 11: Cardinals 7, Brewers 6
On the day their leader Yadier Molina underwent thumb surgery, the Cardinals headed to Milwaukee for a showdown series. It did not start well as they fell behind 6-0 early but -- surprise, surprise -- they mounted a rare show of power and scored their best comeback victory of 2014. Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Jhonny Peralta and Matt Holliday (above) -- the team's only four players who would finish with double-digit home runs -- all went yard in the Cardinals' only four-homer game. Holliday provided the difference-maker with an eighth-inning blast that broke a 6-6 tie.
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August 30: Cardinals 13, Cubs 2
After losing their fourth straight earlier in the day, the Cardinals badly needed a turnaround game. Man, did they get one in their biggest offensive outburst of the season. Matt Holliday (right) clubbed two homers, the Cardinals erupted for nine runs in the eighth and Marco Gonzales pitched six innings to earn his first major-league win. Yadier Molina went 3 for 5 in his second game back following thumb surgery and -- not coincidentally -- the Cardinals were off on a season-long six-game winning streak during which they took control of the division.
September 1: Cardinals 5, Pirates 4
Hot-hitting Matt Holliday delivered the go-ahead single in a three-run, seventh-inning rally that gave him one of his majors-leading 23 game-winning RBI and, more important, lifted the Cardinals into first place by themselves for the first time all season. They would stay on top the rest of the way. Kolten Wong (above), coming off the bench after he had been cleared of a concussion earlier in the day, started the rally with a two-run homer.
September 28: Cardinals 1, Diamondbacks 0
This one seemed to lose all of its drama when the Cardinals clinched before first pitch and decided to rest most of their regulars. But as reliever after reliever put up zeroes and Pete Kozma delivered a big hit in the sixth, the game gained excitement. Would they finish with a 23rd shutout? Would it be another 1-0 outcome, the same as on Opening Day? Would they get to 90 wins? The answer, of course, was the same to all three questions.