ST. LOUIS - For a brief second, Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi could swear he was at Tropicana Field. Odorizzi, pitching 33 miles from his hometown of Highland, Illinois, allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the Rays season-high sixth straight win. They have outscored the opposition 36-11 during the run. Odorizzi, pitching in St. Louis for the first time in his career, had as many as 500 supporters in the crowd of 43,623. The group made plenty of noise for its hometown hero when he left the game. "It was pretty loud when I came out," he said. "There were a lot of people standing up. I figured I had to tip my hat to them. I wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out from my town." Evan Longoria added a solo homer in the ninth for Tampa Bay. St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four earned, in 4 2-3 innings. Wainwright (12-5) was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL. He walked four and hit a batter in his second-shortest outing of the season. He allowed seven earned runs in 4 1-3 innings in a 9-4 loss to San Francisco on May 30. "That (fifth) inning was a train wreck," Wainwright said. "Its hard to explain things weird like that happening. Every now and then, you have a really crazy inning like that." Manager Mike Matheny agreed, "We just couldnt stop the bleeding," he said. "That inning, he just couldnt get through it." Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday hit solo home runs for the Cardinals. But the night belonged to Odorizzi, who gave up five hits, struck out eight and walked three in improving to 4-1 over his last seven starts. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of 20 starts this season. He gave up a leadoff homer to Carpenter on his fifth pitch of the night and then settled down with four successive scoreless innings. "I was nervous in the first," he said. "But things got better." Odorizzi said his defence supplied the turning point. After giving up the homer, he walked Kolten Wong. But catcher Jose Molina threw out Wong stealing. Desmond Jennings then made a nice running catch in centre field. Odorizzi took over from there giving up two hits over the next four frames. "He was a little amped early," manager Joe Maddon said. "But then he started making some great pitches." Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney said Odorizzi displayed his character in battling back. "It just shows you what kind of guy he is," Loney said. The Rays won their seventh successive road game, one shy of tying the franchise record. Odorizzi outduelled Wainwright in a rematch of a June 10 game that the Cardinals won 1-0. The Rays sent 10 batters to the plate in chasing Wainwright in the fifth. Matt Joyce broke a 1-1 tie with a run-scoring double. Wainwright, who walked three, hit a batter and committed a costly error in the inning, walked Loney one batter later with the bases loaded. Escobar followed with a ground-rule double to push the lead to 5-1. Odorizzi, in his first major league at-bat, executed a perfect squeeze bunt in the second. Maddon was ejected in the third inning by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger. Maddon was arguing a called third strike on Ben Zobrist from the dugout. It was Maddons fourth ejection of the season and 36th with the Rays. "It was a misunderstanding," Maddon said. "Their pitcher started yelling at (our) dugout and Im yelling back at him and the umpire thinks Im yelling at the umpire and he kicks me out." Wainwright admitted to barking toward the Rays bench. But he said he was ready to continue pitching and was upset that Maddon continued to command Rippergers attention. "It was the first time I ever did that," Wainwright said. "I was ready to pitch and I thought it was time for us to move on and I said so." NOTES: Carpenters homer leading off the game was his second of the season and fourth of his career. It broke an 0-for-13 skid. ... Struggling St. Louis OF Allen Craig started consecutive games for the first time since July 5. ...Tampa Bay is making only its second trip to St. Louis. The Cardinals won two of three from the Rays May 16-18, 2008. ... Maddon batted Odorizzi eighth in the batting order to keep OF Kevin Kiermaier in the No. 9 hole. Kiermaier is 12 for 23 in his last eight games. ... Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (11-6, 3.13) will face RHP Alex Cobb (5-6, 4.08) in the finale of the two-game series Wednesday. ... Odorizzi is second among AL rookies with 124 strikeouts. NHL Jerseys China . Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds made his longshot request of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit upheld Bonds conviction in September. 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He heard the complaints and confusion from jilted Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterbacks Justin Goltz and Buck Pierce after Mondays practice and the criticism of the decision to make Max Hall the clubs new starter. When Walters was named acting general manager Tuesday, those comments exemplified exactly what he feels needs to change within the organization. "That will not happen," Walters said at his introductory news conference. "The way you stop that from happening is be open and honest. "I was a former player, I was a former head coach. You look players in the eye, you tell them matter-of-fact, This is where you fit in, this is why. Players dont necessarily have to agree or like the news but Ive found they respect and accept their roles and buy in and thats what needs to happen." Walters promised better internal communication amid the turmoil of Winnipegs 1-5 start and firing of GM Joe Mack and CEO Garth Buchko. That includes "having much more open lines of communication" with coach Tim Burke. "All the decisions moving forward will be a collaborative effort," Walters said. "As a whole organizational infrastructure from top to bottom we will be much more open with our communication, keeping everybody in the loop on all decisions." In theory, that also means a collaborative effort in setting the depth chart. Walters said Burke has the authority to do that and change it as he sees fit. Walters immediate focus is to maintain the normal course of football operations. That includes communicating with U.S. scouts, working on extensions for impending free agents and preparing for the off-season and December dispersal draft. "Just make sure that things continue to run smoothly in our organization is what my main objective is short-term," he said. Whether Waltters, a former head coach of the Guelph Gryphons, is around longterm to run the Blue Bombers football operation remains to be seen.dddddddddddd. Acting CEO Wade Miller expressed confidence in Walters ability to know the team and its inner workings but made no promises hell be the GM beyond this season. "Were still going to look at the end of the year to find and make sure we do an exhaustive search for a general manager, and Kyle will definitely be one of the top candidates for that role," Miller said. "No matter where we go with that search, he will be part of this organization going forward and start providing some stability to the football operations." Walters had served as Winnipegs assistant GM after spending three years on the coaching staff. He won a Grey Cup as a safety with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999. Miller said the football decisions would be made by Walters and Burke, explaining that the demarcation of duties was an ongoing process. "This is a change that this organizations going through where we actually work together and proper people are making the right decisions now in charge of players, whos playing each week, and were getting to that process of getting the roles defined where we can all work together," Miller said. Ideally, more defined roles will keep issues like Mondays confusing quarterback upheaval to a minimum. Goltz said the situation was "poorly managed" and that he felt betrayed while Pierce said "a lot of people (in the organization) are making decisions very quickly." Walters insisted he spoke with players to iron out the problem. "From a management standpoint, yes, my concern was that it appeared as though the communication at some level was not where it needed to be and thats been addressed and fixed today," he said. "I can assure you of that." ' ' '