ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched two-hit ball over six innings for his first win in five months, Marcell Ozuna homered and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged the finale of a four-game series with a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.

The Cardinals snapped a season-high four-game losing streak and moved into a tie for the second National League wild card with the Dodgers, who slipped a half-game behind Colorado for the NL West lead.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Marcell Ozuna hits a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

The Rockies visit Dodger Stadium for a three-game series beginning Monday night, the last regular-season meeting between the teams.

Wainwright (2-3), making his second start since missing almost four months with right elbow inflammation, struck out a season-high nine while earning his first victory since April 16. His 101 pitches were his most since July 22, 2017.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Cardinals reliever Bud Norris left the game with a blister on his middle finger after walking the only batter he faced in the seventh. Jordan Hicks, pitching for the first time in a week, finished the inning and also worked the eighth. Carlos Martinez completed the four-hit shutout — one night after the Dodgers piled up 17 runs.

Ozuna homered to right-center to make it 1-0 in the second.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko swings for a RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Yairo Munoz sparked a two-run fourth, reaching first on a wild pitch after swinging and missing at strike three. Jedd Gyorko and Yadier Molina followed with RBI singles, chasing Dodgers starter Ross Stripling and giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

Ozuna singled and scored on third baseman Justin Turner's fielding error in the sixth. Ozuna has a team-high 44 multihit games.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Yairo Munoz is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Molina had a pair of singles and drove in another run in the eighth.

Stripling (8-4) retired nine of his first 10 batters before running into trouble in the fourth. He went 3 1/3 innings, matching his shortest start of the season last Wednesday at Cincinnati.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) reacts after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson to end the top of the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder strain) and RHP John Axford (broken right leg) will be activated Monday.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina runs to first after hitting a RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Cardinals: Norris was removed after throwing just seven pitches.

UP NEXT

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling (68) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-3, 2.42 ERA) starts Monday against Colorado RHP Jon Gray (11-7, 4.80). Ryu is 3-6 with a 5.77 ERA in nine career starts vs. the Rockies.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (15-4, 2.99 ERA) gets the opener of a three-game series in Atlanta against Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (11-9, 2.66 ERA) on Monday night. In his last outing, Mikolas became the first pitcher to win 15 games in his first season with St. Louis since Mark Mulder in 2005.

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) walks back to the mound during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

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Source: The Associated Press

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