ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright had plenty of time to reflect, and insisted everything felt good.
The results said otherwise.
The St. Louis Cardinals had their ace going for a sweep over the Cincinnati Reds, but Wainwright was way out of character in a 10-0 loss on Wednesday night.
The right-hander missed a chance to become the National League's first 16-game winner.
"It's just a really bad night, a perfect storm," Wainwright said. "I felt fine. I mean, what can you say? I pitched terrible and that's why we lost game."
Wainwright (15-8) said throwing a complete game his previous outing had nothing to do with what happened against the Reds.
"No, no, no," the right-hander said. "I'm a big, strong man. This is what we train for all offseason and all season long, to be ready for games like this."
Wainwright will get another chance at the Reds next week in Cincinnati.
"Just a tough night, that's all there is to it," manager Mike Matheny said. "You just put them behind you and get ready for the next one."
Jay Bruce homered and had five RBIs and the Reds got a dominant effort from Homer Bailey to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Reds came out swinging a few hours after Brandon Phillips' expletive-filled tirade at a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter sparked by scrutiny of his .310 on-base percentage, and after manager Dusty Baker criticized his team for falling short while dropping four of five.
The Cardinals lead the NL Central by a half-game over Pittsburgh after losing for the third time in 12 games, and the Reds are 3½ games back.
Bailey (9-10) capped a six-run first with the Reds' sixth hit and his first RBI of the season. He allowed five hits in 7 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and is 4-0 in his past six starts.
Wainwright matched his career worst with nine runs allowed and lasted two innings for his shortest outing of the year. He had worked at least seven innings his previous eight starts.