ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright picked up a little pointer from San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum at the All-Star game.
As if the talented right-hander needed any more help.
Wainwright pitched six sharp innings to improve to 10-0 at home, and Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan each drove in a run, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Saturday.
Four days earlier, Wainwright chatted with Lincecum in the National League bullpen and walked away with a tip.
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"I asked him his changeup grip, and he showed it to me," Wainwright said. "I hope this doesn't get him in trouble, but I threw it in the bullpen during the All-Star game.
"I kind of worked with it on the fly during the game today. I probably threw eight or 10 of them. It's a work in progress, but it's a certainly a good pitch."
Wainwright (14-5), who lowered his ERA to 2.02, has allowed just one earned run in his last 29 1/3 innings. The All-Star right-hander gave up five hits and struck out three in winning his fourt h successive decision and sixth in the last seven. His ERA at Busch Stadium dropped to 1.31.
St. Louis has won four in a row and has outscored Los Angeles 17-5 while winning the first three games of the four-game series. The Cardinals began the day a half-game behind Cincinnati for fir st place in the NL Central.
Wainwright became the first St. Louis pitcher to win his first 10 starts at home since at least 1920, according to STATS LLC. He also extended his record of 25 consecutive quality starts at home.
Wainwright has thrown 19 scoreless innings in a row, the longest streak for a St. Louis pitcher this season.
"Typical Waino," Ryan said. "I know he's not going to go scoreless every single time but it is sure nice when he does."
NOTES: Tennis player Anna Kournikova threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Kournikova plays for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis. "It was really a lot of fun," she said. "I'm happy to support the Cardinals." ... Los Angeles has lost 14 of 17 at the new Busch Stadium. ... Holliday has a league-leading 10 home runs and 27 RBIs since June 18. ... Vicente Padilla, the Dodgers' sch eduled starter Sunday, is 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA since returning from the disabled list on June 19. ... Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, who threw a scoreless inning, has retired his last 32 left-hande d batters.