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SEA@STL: Wainwright freezes Franklin for 200th K

The Cardinals are alone in first place.

On Wednesday, their ace is going to try to make sure they stay there.

Right-hander Adam Wainwright takes the hill in the third of a four-game set against the Rockies at Coors Field, as St. Louis looks to maintain its one-game edge over the second-place Pirates in the National League Central. The Reds, who won on Tuesday, are 2 1/2 games back of the Cardinals.

Wainwright has been his usual self against the Rockies this season. He tossed 7 1/3 no-hit innings against Colorado on May 11 before finishing with a two-hit shutout and seven strikeouts. He's 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 10 career appearances (six starts) against the Rockies.

The Cardinals have two more games in Denver, the first part of a seven-game road trip that also takes them to Milwaukee. Those are certainly hitter's parks, and the Cardinals are well aware that these games would be a good time to give their pitchers some run support.

"It's going to be an important road trip. Every game is important right now," Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran said before leaving St. Louis. "Colorado, four days there and Milwaukee, you know, those teams, I know they're out, but they have nothing to lose. Those are the teams that you really have to go there and have your 'A' game and be able to score runs and try to win series. Right now we have to go out and try to win series."

The Cardinals/Rockies series is tied at 1, and it will be Rockies righty Tyler Chatwood who looks to swing it in Colorado's favor. Chatwood has struggled with a right thumb injury and his efficiency this season.

He allowed seven hits and walked six D-backs in his last outing on Friday.

"Chatty has been really good for us all year," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said after Chatwood's last outing. "He struggled tonight, so it was good we were able to pick him up."

Wednesday marks Chatwood's first career start against the Cardinals after allowing four earned runs in four innings of relief against St. Louis.

Cardinals: Carpenter within two of Stan the Man
Second baseman Matt Carpenter's 51 doubles are two shy of matching Stan Musial's club record (set in 1953) for doubles by a left-handed batter in a season.

Carpenter has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he's hitting .444.

• Third baseman David Freese has recorded a hit in five straight games (.400).

Rockies: Arenado likely to miss a few days
Third baseman Nolan Arenado was out of the lineup on Tuesday after re-injuring his thumb on Monday and will likely sit the next few days.

"His thumb is real tender," Weiss said. "It blew up pretty good last night."

• Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .421 in his last six games.

Worth noting
• Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is a .281 career hitter with 22 homers and 67 RBIs in 109 games against the Cardinals.

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