Coming into this game, you expected Adam Wainwright to be his dominant self. He was. Wainwright threw seven innings, giving up one run on three hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts. The lone run came off Pedro Alvarez, who hit a solo homer in the fifth inning.

"We've seen him along those lines before," Clint Hurdle said. "You know, the curveball plays so well.  Every once in a while they get me over for strike, then a put-away down low, the back door to left-hander, different angles, different options with it.  Spotted up the fastball command as well, and that's where he's been very effective.  When he throws that curveball as effectively as he did tonight, it just makes the fastball play that much better."

Wainwright did throw the curve well, leading to six of his nine strikeouts...

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