MLB: St. Louis 3, Atlanta 1

Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Adam Wainwright ended a monthlong drought in emphatic fashion Friday, throwing a complete game while bringing St. Louis a 3-1 win over Atlanta.

The Cardinals kept pressure on Pittsburgh in the National League Central by winning their third in a row.

Wainwright (15-7) gave up six hits and struck out nine while going the distance for the fifth time this season. It was the 16th complete game of his nine-year career.

He had not recorded a win since July 21, when he went eight innings against San Diego.

Matt Holliday snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth with a solo homer, his 17th of the year. Wainwright earned himself an insurance run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly.

The Braves, who began the night with a 14-game lead over Washington in the National League East, lost their second in a row.

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