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Glaus lifts Cardinals over pesky Pirates

Jul 13, 2008 - 9:54 PM By Chris Adamski PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Troy Glaus made sure that the Pittsburgh Pirates' latest rally didn't end in another win.

Glaus delivered a tying double in the seventh inning and also homered as the St. Louis Cardinals posted an 11-6 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Despite scoring 11 runs for the second straight day, St. Louis needed to win Sunday's finale to wrap up its first series victory since June 27-29 at Kansas City.

"This weekend overall was a good weekend for us," Glaus said. "We put a lot of hits together and scored a lot of runs. We hit a lot of balls hard."

The Pirates rallied from six runs down in the eighth inning on Saturday to pull out a 12-11 win. They also showed some resiliency by overcoming an early three-run deficit to take a 6-5 lead on a two-run double by Chris Gomez in the sixth.

"They battled back and went ahead, but we came right back and scored some runs," said Ryan Ludwick, who went 2-for-5 with a homer. "You have to give a big real big tip of your hat to everyone on this team after the job we did today."

Yet, Glaus and the Cardinals answered right back with a four-run seventh. The veteran third baseman forged a 6-6 tie with an RBI double and later homered in the ninth to cap the scoring, finishing with three hits.

It was a third straight strong offensive effort for St. Louis, which was struggling with the bats prior to this weekend's series.

However, the Pirates' pitching ended up being the perfect tonic for the Cardinals, who scored 28 times after mustering only nine runs in the previous five games

Aaron Miles also homered for St. Louis, which scored at least once during six different innings and had 15 hits to give it an even 50 for the series.

"I just think right now the guys are taking really good at bats, and if you do that, good things happen," La Russa said.

Ludwick, who homered during each game in the series, had two hits and two runs and Chris Duncan went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.

Xavier Nady had three hits and Jack Wilson, Ryan Doumit and Gomez two apiece for Pittsburgh, which has the worst ERA in the National League.

Pirates starter Ian Snell was cruising through 3 2/3 innings, having retired 11 in a row at that point and striking out five of seven to hold a 1-0 lead courtesy a first-inning RBI single by Nady.

But things began to unravel for Snell with two outs in the fourth, when five consecutive Cardinals reached base - the first four of which scored. Back-to-back doubles by Glaus and Duncan led to a run, and after Yadier Molina followed with a walk, Miles hit his second homer of the season to right field.

After allowing four runs and five hits and three walks with six strikeouts, Snell was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth.

"They hit good pitches," Snell said. "I didn't throw any bad pitches. If you make good pitches and they hit them, you have tip your hat to them. They're a good hitting team, and they came in really aggressive from the start."

However, the Pirates got Snell off the hook, as Doumit cut the deficit to 4-2 with a two-out double in the fifth that drove in Freddy Sanchez, and Bay followed with a two-run single.

The Cardinals re-gained the lead with an unearned run in the fifth. After Pirates second baseman Gomez let a double-play ball roll between his legs, Cesar Izturis grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed Molina to score to give St. Louis a 5-4 lead.

But the lead changed hands again in the bottom of the inning with another two-out run-scoring hit, as the double by Gomez drove in pitcher Sean Burnett and Nate McLouth.

When Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro walked the following batter, his afternoon was finished. He was charged with six runs and 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

"It got away from me, and as a starting pitcher, you can't let that happen," Pineiro said. "I'm just lucky the offense came in and did their job."

But the streak of consecutive half-innings in which a lead was lost or changed hands continued in the seventh as St. Louis scored four times against Franquelis Osoria (3-3), and subsequently held the lead for good.

Five of the first six batters of the inning reached, highlighted by the RBI double by Glaus, a run-scoring single by Duncan and a two-run triple by Miles, who finished with five RBI.

Ludwick then connected on his 21st home run in the eighth, before Glaus led off the ninth with his 15th. That made it seven runs on 10 hits in four innings against Pirates relievers.

"Our bullpen's been extremely overused, and guys are giving what they have," Pirates manager John Russell said. "But there's just not much left in the tank."

Russ Springer (2-0) got Jason Bay to pop out to end the sixth to earn the victory.

"It's good to go into the break with a bunch of guys swinging the bat well and feeling good," Miles said. "And to win a series, too, things are going well."








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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 4 0 1 4 1 1 11 15 0
    PITTSBURGH 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 6 12 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: STL - JOEL PINEIRO, RUSS SPRINGER (6TH), KYLE MCCLELLAN (7TH), RYAN
    FRANKLIN (9TH) AND YADIER MOLINA
    PIT - IAN SNELL, SEAN BURNETT (6TH), FRANQUELIS OSORIA
    (7TH),

    Jul 13 4:42 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TROY GLAUS (15) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF TYLER YATES.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 11, PITTSBURGH 6
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C DUNCAN (.251, 2-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Cardinals 11, Pirates 6  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 13 4:24 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN LUDWICK (21) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF T.J. BEAM.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 10, PITTSBURGH 6
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.351, 0-FOR-3, HBP)

    Cardinals 10, Pirates 6  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 13 4:11 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY AARON MILES SCORED TROY GLAUS AND CHRIS DUNCAN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A MILES ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 9
    PITTSBURGH 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R SPRINGER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Cardinals 9, Pirates 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 13 3:55 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS DUNCAN SCORED ALBERT PUJOLS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C DUNCAN ON FIRST, T GLAUS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 7
    PITTSBURGH 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: Y MOLINA (.314, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Cardinals 7, Pirates 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 13 3:51 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TROY GLAUS SCORED RYAN LUDWICK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T GLAUS ON SECOND, A PUJOLS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 6
    PITTSBURGH 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C DUNCAN (.248, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Cardinals 6, Pirates 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 13 3:50 PM
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    Cardinals 5, Pirates 6  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 13 3:49 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS GOMEZ SCORED SEAN BURNETT AND NATE MCLOUTH.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GOMEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5
    PITTSBURGH 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R DOUMIT (.325, 1-FOR-2, HBP, RBI)

    Cardinals 5, Pirates 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 13 3:37 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY CESAR IZTURIS SCORED YADIER MOLINA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C IZTURIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5
    PITTSBURGH 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.295, 2-FOR-3)

    Cardinals 5, Pirates 4  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 13 3:21 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON BAY SCORED JACK WILSON AND RYAN DOUMIT.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J BAY ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4
    PITTSBURGH 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.318, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Cardinals 4, Pirates 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 13 3:07 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN DOUMIT SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R DOUMIT ON SECOND, J WILSON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4
    PITTSBURGH 2 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.287, 0-FOR-2)

    Cardinals 4, Pirates 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 13 3:04 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY AARON MILES (2) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF IAN SNELL SCORED CHRIS DUNCAN AND YADIER MOLINA.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4, PITTSBURGH 1
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J PINEIRO (.037, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals 4, Pirates 1  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 13 2:38 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS DUNCAN SCORED TROY GLAUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C DUNCAN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    PITTSBURGH 1 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: Y MOLINA (.311, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals 1, Pirates 1  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 13 2:31 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY XAVIER NADY SCORED CHRIS GOMEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, X NADY ON FIRST, R DOUMIT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    PITTSBURGH 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: D MIENTKIEWICZ (.265, 1 HR, 15 RBI)

    Cardinals 0, Pirates 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 13 1:55 PM
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