St. Louis Cardinals defeat San Francisco Giants, 5-2

Despite his best effort to paint a positive veneer over the widening cracks in his season, Cardinals starter Todd Wellemeyer had something stronger than his erratic performances tugging at him.

He had his doubt.

The righthander finally negotiated a truce in the seasonlong battle with his mechanics, pitching 7 1/3 strong innings to hoist the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory against San Francisco on Thursday at Busch Stadium. Wellemeyer said it was the first time this season...