ST. LOUIS — Shelby Miller retired the last 27 batters Friday night, finishing with a one-hitter. A day later, the Cardinals rookie watched Adam Wainwright nearly top that feat.
Wainwright pitched no-hit ball into the eighth inning and finished with a two-hitter Saturday against the suddenly punchless Rockies in a 3-0 victory.
"I thought for sure he was going to throw a no-hitter," Miller, 22, said. "He was locked in. We both threw well, and his was exciting to watch, especially."
Wainwright doesn't mind getting pushed by the team's electric fifth starter, who is 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA.
"You follow Roger Clemens a couple times, like I have been, it makes you focus a little bit more," Wainwright said. "Once you see Shelby mow through a lineup like he has all year, you want to go out there and do it, too.
"Those guys will think there's a new sheriff in town."
The Rockies had been hitless in 49 at-bats before Nolan Arenado lined a single to center with one out in the eighth. That was the longest hitless stretch since Sept. 25-27, 1981, when the Dodgers went 50, STATS said.