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Schumaker helps Cardinals edge Pirates

Jun 1, 2008 - 11:54 PM ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Skip Schumaker drove in a season-high three runs and Troy Glaus homered to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

With the Pirates holding a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Cardinals rallied in the bottom half against Pittsburgh starter Ian Snell (2-5).

Adam Kenndey laced an RBI single to center field with the bases loaded and starter Braden Looper helped his own cause with a run-scoring single to right to keep the bags full. Yadier Molina came home on Cesar Izturis' groundout before Schumaker's two-run single capped the uprising.

The 28-year-old Schumaker also stroked a run-scoring double two innings later, giving the Cardinals a 6-1 advantage. It was his fifth multi-RBI performance this season.

"We had a really good defensive day," Schumaker said. "The guys up the middle played unbelievably today. It's easy that way. When your guy is throwing strikes and you're always ready to make plays."

Looper (7-4) went 5 2/3 strong innings, allowing three runs and eight hits to move above .500 on the season at Busch Stadium at 4-3. The righthander also finished 2-for-2 at the plate.

"I'm happy that we won and that I got the win," Looper said. "But I know I'm capable of throwing the ball better. I'm going to continue to work and continue to try and get better. But I felt like pitched just good enough. I'm frustrated because I want to pitch better and I know I can."

Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin shut the door in the ninth for his sixth save.

"I think everybody wants to go out there and go one-two-three," Franklin said. "But it doesn't always happen. But I think all that matters in the end is that we get the win."

The Pirates had an oppuntunity to draw closer with two outs in the sixth as Nate McLouth was hit by Kyle McClellan's pitch with the bases loaded. But McClellan bounced back to get Luis Rivas to ground out to end the inning.

"We'd like to finish it off," Pirates manager John Russell said. "You got the right guys up and you just can't quite get over the hump sometimes. Their five-run inning was just unfortunate. They got five runs and didn't get a ball past the outfield. They found some holes. You have to try to avoid that big inning."

Glaus delivered his fourth home run in the seventh off Pirates reliever John Gradow. The 31-year-old third basemen also homered in Saturday's 14-4 setback.

Snell continued to struggle, giving up six runs and eight hits over four frames to fall to just 1-4 away from PNC Park this season.

"I made good pitches, they put the ball in play and good things happened to them," Snell said. "You just have to tip your hat. I don't think I did bad. I don't think I did great. But I think I did good enough where we could have stayed in the game but I guess not. They didn't hit the ball hard, it's just that the balls got through."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 11 0
    ST LOUIS 0 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 x 7 11 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - IAN SNELL, DAMASO MARTE (5TH), JOHN GRABOW (6TH), SEAN BURNETT
    (8TH) AND RAUL CHAVEZ
    STL - BRADEN LOOPER, KYLE MCCLELLAN (6TH), CHRIS PEREZ
    (8TH), RANDY FLOR

    Jun 1 5:24 PM
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    Pirates 4, Cardinals 7  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 1 5:12 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSE BAUTISTA SCORED DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BAUTISTA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 4
    ST LOUIS 7 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R CHAVEZ (.250, 1-FOR-3)

    Pirates 4, Cardinals 7  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 1 4:55 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TROY GLAUS (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF JOHN GRABOW.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, ST LOUIS 7
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: K MCCLELLAN (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates 3, Cardinals 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 1 4:46 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    NATE MCLOUTH HIT BY KYLE MCCLELLAN PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED JOSE BAUTISTA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MCLOUTH ON FIRST, A LAROCHE ON SECOND, R
    CHAVEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    ST LOUIS 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: L RIVAS (.244, 1-FOR-3)

    Pirates 3, Cardinals 6  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 1 4:22 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY FREDDY SANCHEZ SCORED IAN SNELL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L RIVAS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    ST LOUIS 6 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.291, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Pirates 2, Cardinals 6  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 1 3:47 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SKIP SCHUMAKER SCORED BRADEN LOOPER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S SCHUMAKER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R LUDWICK (.318, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 1 3:35 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SKIP SCHUMAKER SCORED ADAM KENNEDY AND BRADEN
    LOOPER.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, S SCHUMAKER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R LUDWICK (.321, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 5  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 1 2:56 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY CESAR IZTURIS SCORED YADIER MOLINA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B LOOPER ON SECOND, A KENNEDY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.287, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 1 2:54 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRADEN LOOPER SCORED RICK ANKIEL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B LOOPER ON FIRST, A KENNEDY ON SECOND, Y
    MOLINA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C IZTURIS (.264, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 1 2:53 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM KENNEDY SCORED TROY GLAUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A KENNEDY ON FIRST, Y MOLINA ON SECOND, R
    ANKIEL ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: B LOOPER (.368, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 1 2:51 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSE BAUTISTA SCORED JASON BAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BAUTISTA ON SECOND, D MIENTKIEWICZ ON
    THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R CHAVEZ (.235, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 1 2:37 PM
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    Pirates vs. CardinalsApr 2 4:26 AM