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Hendricks pitches well in 1-0 loss to Cards

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm •  Published: July 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks pitched brilliantly Sunday. Unfortunately for the Chicago Cubs, Adam Wainwright pitched better.

Wainwright threw seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Cubs.

The Cardinals ace outdueled Hendricks (1-1), making only his third career major league start. Hendricks allowed just one run on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

"It was awesome," Hendricks said of his matchup with Wainwright. "I didn't sleep too much last night because I was so excited. He's obviously one of the best pitchers in the game, and that's one of the moments you live for —to pitch against the best."

Wainwright (13-5) allowed five hits and walked three during his seven innings. It was a far cry from his previous outing when he allowed six runs (four earned) in 4 2-3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was not surprised by Wainwright's bounceback performance Sunday.

"I don't think that's much of a reach when you're talking about one of the best pitchers in the game," Matheny said. "It was a big game for us. We needed it to happen and he did everything he could."

Kevin Siegrist worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.

The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins June 6-8. They have lost 15 of their last 19 games.

Despite the recent struggles, Cubs manager Rick Renteria likes what he sees from his ball club.

"The big picture is that we want to win every game, but the way we're competing and holding our own on a day-to-day basis, I think the attitude these young men have is in the right place," Renteria said. "They're trying to do things the right way."

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