Garneau also came up big in his second stint with the A’s after being put on waivers by the Los Angeles Angels. He singled leading off the third, hit a go-ahead two-run double off Wainwright in the fourth and walked and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Garneau played 19 games with the A’s in 2017.
St. Louis fell 1½ games back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which swept Milwaukee with a 7-2 victory.
Wainwright (7-8) struggled with his command most of the afternoon. The right-hander hit two batters, walked three and allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
“I was a little too fine with my pitches,” Wainwright said. “They did a good job of getting in some counts and drawing walks off us all day. That’s what they do, they try and wait you out and put you in bad counts.”
Paul DeJong homered for the Cardinals, who lost each of their four games against the A’s this season.
Carpenter was 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in his first game back off the injured list. Carpenter missed 17 games with a bruised right foot.
Profar connected in the sixth, belting a towering drive that landed midway up the staircase beyond the wall in right field.
“It’s kind of a learn-as-you-go kind of deal. See what pitches are working for him and where we know we can attack their hitters. He literally had all four pitches working for him so it made calling a game against that good lineup easier.” – Garneau, on catching Roark for the first time in his career.
St. Louis issued 15 walks in the two-game series.
“That’s why you lose two in a row,” manager Mike Shildt said. “In a way, we’re playing against ourselves. Against teams that are disciplined you have to be in the strike zone. All of their runs were self-inflicted.”
BUT WE’RE FRIENDS
Stephen Piscotty was hit by a pitch from Wainwright in the fourth, right after Wainwright plunked Mark Canha. Piscotty, who spent his first three seasons in St. Louis, was hit by a pitch from Dakota Hudson on Saturday.
St. Louis recalled right-hander Ryan Helsley from Triple-A Memphis, optioned first baseman Rangel Ravelo to its top farm club and designated right-hander Mike Mayers for assignment.
Cardinals: C Yadier Molina, who has not played for the Cardinals since July 6 because of a strained right thumb tendon, began a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Friday. Shildt expects the nine-time All-Star back by mid-August.
Athletics: Left-hander Sean Manaea has been shut down because of pain in his right side, although Melvin indicated it wasn’t serious. Manaea had a similar issue in late June and recovered quickly.
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (6-4, 5.15 ERA) returns to the starting rotation against the Dodgers on Monday. Wacha pitched out of the bullpen in his three previous appearances.
Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (7-5, 3.84 ERA) starts against the Chicago Cubs on Monday for the first time in his career. Bassitt is 2-1 since the All-Star break.
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