Adam Wainwright tossed seven effective innings and rookie Edmundo Sosa homered to help the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Wainwright (9-6) allowed three runs and six hits in an 85-pitch stint. He struck out five and walked one in his 176th career victory.
Sosa went 3 for 3, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Dylan Carlson, who also had three hits, and Tommy Edman each doubled twice for St. Louis, which has won four of six.
Jorge Polanco homered for the Twins, who have lost four of five.
Alex Reyes picked up his 25th save in 26 opportunities with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Yadier Molina moved to fourth on the Cardinals all-time hit list with a pair of singles. He now has 2,075 hits and passed Albert Pujols, who had 2,073.
Jon Lester (3-5, 5.02) will make his Cardinals debut in the first game of a three-game set against Atlanta LHP Max Fried (7-7, 4.32) on Tuesday. Lester was acquired from Washington in a trade for OF Lane Thomas at the deadline. Lester has pitched at least five innings in all 13 career starts against the Braves.