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Holliday, Cardinals blank slumping Rays

Coverage of today's Cards and Blue Jays game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:35pm.

St.  Petersburg,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Matt  Holliday supplied the game's lone  run with a  homer as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 from Tropicana Field on Tuesday.

Jhonny  Peralta  and Jon Jay  both singled for  the Cardinals, who only needed three  hits  to win  their third  straight game.  Adam Wainwright (9-3) tossed seven  scoreless  innings,  giving  up  seven hits  and  two  walks  with  two
strikeouts.

Kevin  Kiermaier  and James Loney supplied  two hits apiece for the struggling Rays, losers of their last four and 14 of their last 15.

Tampa  Bay  has failed  to score  in 28 1/3  innings, surpassing the franchise record of 26 innings set in 2002.

Jake  Odorizzi  (2-7) was solid in  defeat, surrendering just one run on three hits  with five strikeouts across 7 1/3 frames. The right-hander did not allow a hit until Peralta's single with two outs in the fifth.

"We  are really  snakebit right now. It's extremely frustrating," Rays manager Joe  Maddon said.  "I thought  Jake  was really  good.  All of  his stuff  was working. It's pretty impressive what he did today."

Holliday  smacked  a splitter into the  left-field seats to give the Cardinals all they needed with two outs in the sixth.

The  Rays  threatened in the  eighth. Pat Neshek  took over for Wainwright and gave  up a  ground-rule double to Kiermaier  before Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch.

Sam  Freeman  replaced  Neshek  and  struck out  James  Loney,  then  got  Ben Zobrist  to fly out before Trevor Rosenthal came on and hit pinch-hitter Jerry Sands  to load  the bases. Rosenthal induced a rally-killing pop out from Matt Joyce to escape the jam.

Rosenthal stayed on and tossed a scoreless ninth, earning his 17th save of the season.

Tampa  Bay also squandered a prime opportunity in the fourth. Loney singled up the  middle and moved  to third on Zobrist's double to right with one out. Two batters  later,  Joyce was intentionally walked  to load the bases, but Kolten Wong snagged Logan Forsythe's liner at second base to end the frame.

                                   Game Notes

The  last American League  team to be shut out in three straight games was the Kansas  City Royals from  July 5-7, 2004 ... The Rays signed their first round pick  (20th overall)  of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, first baseman Casey Gillaspie, prior to the game ...Cardinals second baseman Wong returned to the lineup  after missing three  games with a shoulder injury ... St. Louis is the
second  team to  throw three straight shutouts in interleague play in a single season. The last team to accomplish this feat was Houston in 2004.

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