St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright went into Friday’s game with three losses in his last four appearances against the Reds. The right-hander put an end to that skid with seven innings of solid pitching as the Cardinals posted a 9-2 in at Great American Ball Park.

Wainwright improved to 9-3, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking one. It was the sixth time in 13 starts this season that Wainwright has had seven or more strikeouts.

“He looked good,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He fooled around with his curveball a bit, he was throwing it softer at times and really kept them off balance.”

The turning point of the game came in the bottom of the third and top of the fourth. In the Reds’ third, Shin-Soo Choo was able to get a walk off Wainwright after a 12 pitch at-bat but Wainwright was able to force Zac Cozart to hit into a double play.

With one out in the Cardinals’ fourth, Allen Craig had a 12 pitch at-bat of his own against Mike Leake where he got a single to move Matt Holliday to third. After a Yadier Molina strikeout, the Cardinals got three straight hits and scored three runs to break open a scoreless game.