Cardinals beat Twins again to make it five in a row
ST. LOUIS -- Hours after a federal investigation into possible computer hacking by the Cardinals became public, St. Louis extended its winning streak to five by beating the Minnesota Twins 3-2 behind Michael Wacha's pitching and Mark Reynolds' two-run single.
Before the game, manager Mike Matheny said he was in the weight room when he first learned of the investigation into whether the Cardinals had hacked Houston's computer database. The Cardinals then completed a soggy homestand in which three games were delayed and another against Kansas City was postponed until July 23.
St. Louis is 43-22 overall and 26-7 at home, both tops in the major leagues, and matched a franchise best by reaching 43 wins in 64 games.
Minnesota has lost seven of eight.
Wacha (9-2) halted warmups before the first pitch was delayed 45 minutes and didn't return after a 47-minute rain delay with one out in the seventh and the Cardinals leading 3-1. He allowed two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Kevin Siegrist stood in for Trevor Rosenthal, who is sidelined by arm tightness, and pitched the ninth for his third save in four chances.
Yadier Molina doubled for his fourth hit in two games and scored on Randal Grichuk's sacrifice fly in the second, and Reynolds' single gave St. Louis a 3-1 lead in the third.
Trevor Plouffe had an RBI double in the first and Kurt Suzuki doubled in a run in the seventh after Seth Maness relieved. Kyle Gibson (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.
Twins rookie Byron Buxton was easily thrown out stealing by Yadier Molina after reaching on an infield hit.
The teams play at Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday. Tommy Milone worked seven innings his last time out, allowing only a two-run homer to Elvis Andrus. In his only prior appearance against the Cardinals, he matched a career high surrendering three homers on June 30, 2013, in Oakland. With Carlos Martinez pitching, the Cardinals are 10-2. He's 7-2 with a 2.93 ERA in his first year in the rotation.
Cardinals: Rosenthal was unavailable the last three games.