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      Wainwright leads Cardinals to division lead over Pirates

      Adam Wainwright bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings with seven shutout innings and David Freese homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

      The victory moved the Cardinals into first place, a half-game ahead of the Pirates in the NL Central with their third win in four games.

      Pittsburgh has lost four of six including the first two of the three-game set.

      The Pirates remain stuck on 81 wins, one shy of assuring them a winning record for the first time since they went 96-66 in 1992.

      Wainwright (16-9) had given up 15 earned runs over his previous two starts, both against Cincinnati.

      He allowed a career-high nine runs in two innings of a 10-0 loss Aug. 28.

      But he regained his form against the Pirates allowing just two hits.

      Jeff Locke (9-5) allowed three runs on three hits over five innings.