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Rivas, Pirates blast Cardinals

Jun 1, 2008 - 3:33 AM By Thad Kemlage PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Luis Rivas hit his first career grand slam and led an offensive breakout as the Pittsburgh Pirates cruised to a 14-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

Freddy Sanchez and Ronny Paulino each hit two-run home runs for Pittsburgh, which pounded out a season-high 19 hits.

Pittsburgh jumped all over St. Louis rookie starter Mike Parisi. Xavier Nady highlighted a four-run first inning with a bases-clearing double. Troy Glaus cut the lead to 4-1 with a solo shot in the third, but the Pirates continued to hammer Parisi in the third.

Adam LaRoche drew a leadoff walk, Jose Bautista singled and Paulino singled to extend the lead to 5-1. Two batters later, Kelvin Jimenez relieved Parisi, and Rivas belted his second offering over the left field wall for a 9-1 lead.

"It feels amazing," Rivas said of his first career grand slam. "It's fun playing in a game like that."

"These guys have been scrappy all year," Pirates manager John Russell said, "and take a lot of pride in not giving away at-bats and giving away innings."

In his first career start, Parisi allowed eight runs on eight hits and three walks over only 2 2/3 innings.

"I felt like I was in control of my emotions, but I learned that if I leave the ball up then I'm going to get beat up," Parisi said.

Paul Maholm (3-5) benefited from Parisi's struggles and won his first game since April 27 by allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

"With a lead like that, you got to make sure you're challenging guys, not putting your defense to sleep by getting behind guys, and I feel like I executed pretty well," Maholm said.

Albert Pujols went 2-for-3, raising his season average to .369, his highest career batting average this deep into the season.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 4 0 5 0 2 2 0 1 0 14 19 1
    ST LOUIS 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 9 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - PAUL MAHOLM, FRANQUELIS OSORIA (7TH), JOHN GRABOW (9TH) AND
    RONNY PAULINO
    STL - MIKE PARISI, KELVIN JIMENEZ (3RD), KYLE MCCLELLAN
    (7TH), RON VILLONE (8TH), R

    May 31 10:22 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY LUIS RIVAS ALLOWED RYAN LUDWICK TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B BARTON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 14
    ST LOUIS 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R ANKIEL (.270, 0-FOR-3)

    Pirates 14, Cardinals 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 31 10:07 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN LUDWICK SCORED SKIP SCHUMAKER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R LUDWICK ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 14
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: B BARTON (.262, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 14, Cardinals 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 31 10:06 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    NATE MCLOUTH HIT BY RON VILLONE PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED JASON MICHAELS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MCLOUTH ON FIRST, R PAULINO ON SECOND, J
    BAUTISTA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 14
    ST LOUIS 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: L RIVAS (.244, 2-FOR-4, BB, HR, 4 RBI)

    Pirates 14, Cardinals 2  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 31 9:55 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AARON MILES SCORED JASON LARUE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A MILES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 13
    ST LOUIS 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C IZTURIS (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 13, Cardinals 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 31 9:34 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RONNY PAULINO (2) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF KELVIN JIMENEZ SCORED JOSE BAUTISTA.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 13, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: P MAHOLM (.200, 1-FOR-2, SAC)

    Pirates 13, Cardinals 1  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 31 8:59 PM
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    Pirates 11, Cardinals 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 31 8:42 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY FREDDY SANCHEZ (2) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF KELVIN JIMENEZ SCORED NATE MCLOUTH.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 11, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.295, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Pirates 11, Cardinals 1  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 31 8:40 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY LUIS RIVAS (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE 3RD
    OFF KELVIN JIMENEZ SCORED JOSE BAUTISTA, RONNY PAULINO AND NATE
    MCLOUTH.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 9, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: F SANCHEZ (.241, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates 9, Cardinals 1  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 31 8:09 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RONNY PAULINO SCORED ADAM LAROCHE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R PAULINO ON FIRST, J BAUTISTA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    ST LOUIS 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: P MAHOLM (.211, 1-FOR-1)

    Pirates 5, Cardinals 1  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 31 8:02 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TROY GLAUS (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF PAUL MAHOLM.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 4, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R ANKIEL (.274, 8 HR, 25 RBI)

    Pirates 4, Cardinals 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 31 7:50 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 4 4 4 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - PAUL MAHOLM
    STL - MIKE PARISI

    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: B RYAN (.297, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
    J MATHER (.250, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    A PUJOLS (.364, 14 HR, 37 RBI)

    Pirates 4, Cardinals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 31 7:31 PM
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