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DENVER -- On the mound, Adam Wainwright likes to own the inside part of the plate.As hes only recently discovered, crowding it is a pretty good approach for hitting, too.Although shaky on the hill, Wainwright shined in the batters box with a career-high four RBI as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 on Tuesday night to move into a three-way tie for the two NL wild cards.Wainwright credits inching just a little bit closer for his newfound prowess at the plate.My whole career, Ive fought trying to pull the ball and tried to stay up the middle and hit the ball to right field. It just doesnt work for me very well, explained Wainwright, who has 18 RBI this season. If its a pitch in the strike zone, Im going to swing at it.The free-swinging Wainwright lined a two-run double in the second inning and brought in two more with a bloop single in the fifth. Matt Adams and Jedd Gyorko homered for the Cardinals, now even with the Mets and Giants in the race for the final two NL playoff spots.The 35-year-old Wainwright (12-9) didnt have his sharpest command, yielding solo homers to Daniel Descalso, Charlie Blackmon and Gerardo Parra. But the right-hander was sharp enough -- especially his curveball -- as he gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings.In a park like this, in a place where no lead is safe, a pitcher, if you can go out there and push something across ... youre doing your job, Wainwright explained.Jorge De La Rosa (8-9) struggled through what could be his final start in a Rockies uniform. The winningest pitcher in team history allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- in 4 2/3 innings. His contract expires after this season.It looked like he just didnt have a lot of depth to his stuff, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.Wainwright became the second straight Cardinals pitcher to play a starring role at the plate. Carlos Martinez had a two-run double in a 5-3 win on Monday.These days, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny just cant help but scoreboard-watch. Its hard to miss, since the scores are posted on the right-field fence and he stares at it from the dugout.And yes, he saw it when the Mets game went final.Just keep playing our game, Matheny said. Not get caught up.Adams had a solo homer in the second and Gyorko added a two-run shot in the fourth -- a 452-foot no-doubter to center. Gyorko has 27 homers this season.DJ LeMahieus average remained at .349 after he went 1 for 3 with a double. He holds a slight lead over Washingtons Daniel Murphy in the NL batting race. Murphy is hitting .347.TRAINERS ROOMCardinals: OF Matt Holliday (broken right thumb) said of his potential return: I will be ready as fast as I can. To put a date on it doesnt make sense. ... INF Matt Carpenter got the night off.Rockies: Third base coach Stu Cole was hit in the head by a ball that caromed off another during batting practice. He checked out OK after being taken to the hospital. The Rockies moved Eric Young over to coach third, and Vinny Castilla served as the first base coach.MIGHTY BLOWHolliday good-naturedly admitted he hasnt received a bill for breaking the glass at a burger joint behind the left-field seats during batting practice Monday.Then again, the restaurant -- Helton Burger Shack -- does bear the name of his good friend, longtime Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.Hollidays drive shattered the window pane protecting the prep area.That was collateral damage, joked Holliday, who was with the Rockies from 2004-08. Maybe now they will put in Plexiglas.THIS & THATWainwright has 133 wins and is one from tying Dizzy Dean for sixth on St. Louis career list. ... Randal Grichuk had three hits, including two doubles, and scored four times. ... De La Rosa is 53-20 with a 4.31 ERA at Coors Field in 106 games with Colorado, including 99 starts. Hes the poster boy for showing that you can pitch in an offensive park here at altitude, Weiss said.UP NEXTThe Cardinals will send RHP Luke Weaver (1-3, 3.21 ERA) to the mound in the series finale Wednesday. The Rockies counter with righty German Marquez (0-0), who will make his first major league start after three relief appearances. Taylor Jones Jersey . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. Doug Rader Jersey .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. Custom Craig Biggio Jersey . -- Linebacker Myles Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass, and No. Custom Jimmy Wynn Jersey . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. The prospect of winning gold isnt good enough for some of tenniss most decorated players. Last week, Bob?and Mike Bryan, owners of 16 Grand Slam titles, became the latest to drop out of the Rio Games, which start later this week.The brothers, who won the gold medal in London four years ago, joined a number of top-10 singles players bailing on Rio. Unfortunate, yes, but a permanent blemish on tennis? Far from it.We still have Serena Williams, who will enter the competition fresh off her record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title run at Wimbledon. The mens top player, Novak Djokovic, will also be there. After running through the French Open field to cap a career Grand Slam, the only chasm in his résumé is Olympic gold.Yes, tennis will survive the defections.In fact, many elements in the Olympic controversy underscore how successfully tennis has lifted itself out of the gilded ghetto of elitist, individual sports to become a full-fledged member of the Olympic family. If you want to see just how far tennis has come, you only have to look at the crisis in golf.Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Northern Irelands Rory McIlroy -- the top four golfers in the world -- are among those skipping Rio, most of them because of concerns over Zika.Golf, back in the Olympics for the first time after an absence of 112 years, might not get invited back because of the lack of enthusiasm. McIlroy rubbed a little salt in the wound when he said during an interview at The Open that he wouldnt even watch the Olympic golf on TV. Instead, he would watch the stuff that matters.Tennis got off to a somewhat rocky start in the Olympics as well. Canceled in 1924, it returned with the Games of 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. Only two of the top 10 men were entered that year -- and not because injuries prevented them from going.Top-ranked Mats Wilander withdrew, citing shin splints, but then played a tournament in Italy before the games in Seoul were even over. No. 2-ranked Ivan Lendl couldnt get official sanction to play for his adopted home in the U.S., and he refused to play for his native Czechoslovakia.Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe were indifferent, as was Martina Navratilova. To them, it was all about the Grand Slams. All that hullabaloo about the Olympic Village, hobnobbing with the worlds greatest athletes, the Olympic spirit ... it just wasnt for them. They were lone wolves, mercenaries who got paid to play. Years later, McEnroe would come to regret hiss stance.dddddddddddd.But globally, Olympic champions have always been accorded national-hero status almost everywhere. And today, tennis has become no different. Lindsay Davenport and Andre Agassi, who understood the Olympic cachet, won gold for the U.S. in Atlanta in 1996. It helped shape the attitude of American players for years to come.You certainly cant overlook the fidelity of the Williams sisters, Venus?and Serena. You can analyze their loyalty to the Olympic cause many ways, but maybe it just comes down to this: Its impossible to predict who will -- or wont -- be susceptible to the tug of patriotism. Its a deeply personal thing.Top-ranked European players have generally all reveled in the opportunity.Roger Federer made his Olympic Games debut in Sydney, Australia, in 2000. He still glows when he describes the experience, either because he was just 19 and made the semis or because he began dating his wife, Mirka, there -- or both. His respect for the Olympics has burned undiminished for nearly two decades. Its influence cannot be overestimated.Its a pity that Federers left knee gave out before he could make good on his promise to spend his 34th summer chasing gold in the molten light of the Brazil afternoon. It unfairly dampens the impressive response the players have mustered to the challenges of Rio.Realistically speaking, tennis players dont need the Olympics, especially these Olympics. They play a sport with great material rewards, loaded with year-round opportunities. They heard the horror stories about raw sewage in the streets, and theyve been aware of the security concerns. They play an individual sport. They can choose to take a pass and its nobody elses nevermind.They can skip the Olympics, as some invariably do, because the Games are shoehorned into an already loaded summer schedule. This year, they can skip them because of Brazils notorious crime. Because theres a Bruce Springsteen concert somewhere. Because of deadly Zika mosquitoes. Because the internet in Rio is slow. Because there are no ranking points to be gained.But the wonderful thing for tennis is that the vast majority of eligible players, including the very best players, are all-in for Rio. Theyre setting aside their concerns and going. Tennis is loved by the Olympics, and its loving the Olympics back. Everybody wins. ' ' '

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