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SD@STL: Wainwright fans nine, shuts out Padres

Two of the National League's marquee pitchers will face off Sunday, and they are coming off performances on opposite sides of the spectrum.

Roy Halladay and Adam Wainwright will each take the mound at Busch Stadium, with Halladay hoping to get the Phillies (25-23) a four-game sweep and Wainwright aiming to salvage the final game of the series for the Cardinals (25-22).

Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, looks to rebound after one of his worst starts of the season in which he surrendered five runs on nine hits over six innings in a loss to the Nationals. Halladay owns a 4-4 record, and his 3.58 ERA is the highest it has been this late in a season since he finished 2007 with a 3.71 clip.

Wainwright, on the other hand, hopes to carry the momentum from his best start of the season. The right-hander tossed his third career shutout, but his first since Aug. 6, 2010, in a 4-0 win over the Padres. He allowed just four hits and struck out nine.

Wainwright, who didn't pitch in 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, was emotional after the game.

"I told [fellow starter] Jake [Westbrook], that might be the best feeling I've ever had pitching," Wainwright said after hurling the gem.

"He just had the look," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "You know, we saw him get closer and closer, and it's nice to have that kind of reward, that kind of outing from start to finish. That'll be one he's going to build on."

Phillies: Kendrick throws first career shutout
In his first two starts filling in for the injured Vance Worley, Kyle Kendrick pitched well but didn't get a win to show for it. On Saturday, he made sure he got into the win column.

Kendrick pitched his first career shutout, in the Phillies' 4-0 win over the Cardinals. The right-hander allowed seven hits and needed just 94 pitches to complete the outing.

Cardinals: Salas optioned to Minors, Fick promoted
Right-hander Chuckie Fick made his first Major League appearance in the ninth inning of the Cardinals' loss on Saturday. Fick, who was called up from Triple-A Memphis earlier Saturday when the struggling Fernando Salas was optioned, allowed no runs on one hit.

Appearing in 21 games with Memphis, the 26-year-old Fick was 1-0 with two saves and a 3.86 ERA.

Salas was 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA in 18 games for St. Louis this season. He was the pitcher of record in the Cardinals' 10-9 loss to the Phillies on Thursday after allowing two runs on four hits in one inning. In 2011, Salas went 5-6 with a 2.28 ERA and led St. Louis with 24 saves.

Worth noting
• Halladay, a good friend of injured Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis. Sunday will mark the first time Halladay faces the Cardinals since October's NL Division Series. Halladay started Game 1 and the deciding Game 5 in that series, tallying a 1-1 record.

• Wainwright is 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in eight career games (six starts) against the Phillies.

• Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was given the night off in Saturday's win against the Cardinals. Ruiz entered Saturday's games third in the National League with a .362 batting average. He is expected back in the lineup on Sunday. Comments