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Ludwick lifts Cardinals past Rays

May 17, 2008 - 10:15 PM By Thad Kemlage PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Ryan Ludwick hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning Saturday, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-8 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays and helping manager Tony LaRussa record his 2,400th career win.

It was the second homer of the game and 10th this season for Ludwick, who has homered in six of his last 10 games.

"I was sitting on slider and he threw it and I hit it straight up in the air and I knew the wind was blowing out," Ludwick said. "I got lucky, and it gave us the 'W'."

With one out in the 10th, Ludwick lofted a first-pitch breaking ball from Dan Wheeler (0-3) over the wall in center field to lift St. Louis to its third win in its last 11 games.

"I didn't even think about it until right now," LaRussa said of his milestone win. "It would have been a good number a week ago."

Ludwick hit his first homer in the fourth inning off Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza to tie the game 3-3. Garza lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs - six earned - and 10 hits.

"He didn't throw the ball poorly today," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "But they just did a nice job of spreading the ball around today."

Ryan Franklin (2-1) tossed two scoreless relief innings to record the win for the Cardinals.

With the game tied at 3-3, St. Louis exploded in the fifth inning - bringing nine men to the plate and scoring four runs.

But St. Louis' relievers could not hold the lead after Carlos Pena belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Randy Flores, making it 8-7. Rays rookie Evan Longoria added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to tie the game at 8-8.

"To come back and put ourselves in a position to win was awesome," Wheeler said. "It shows a lot of character in this team, but we just couldn't put it away."

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright looked like he was headed for his second straight rough outing. But the righthander limited the Rays to just four runs despite yielding 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

"I was really battling myself mechanically and I kept telling myself to keep my team in it and keep battling," Wainwright said.

Troy Glaus continued his hot homestand, finishing with three RBI. Glaus is now hitting .500 with eight RBI in the past five home games. Albert Pujols added two hits, including his ninth homer of the season.

Longoria singled home B.J. Upton in the first inning and Carl Crawford drove in two more the following inning. Upton and Crawford each had three hits in the game.

Tampa Bay had 18 hits, five more than the Cardinals, but still took the loss. The Rays were caught stealing three times and picked off once, making a total of five outs on the base paths.

"We made up for all the mental mistakes that we have not been making this season all in one day," Maddon said. "You just got to get them out of the way and move on."








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    FINAL 10
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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    TAMPA BAY 1 2 0 0 0 1 3 1 0
    ST LOUIS 2 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 0
    10 R H E
    -- - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 8 18 1
    ST LOUIS 1 9 13 1 (FINAL 10)

    BATTERIES: TAM

    May 17 4:53 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN LUDWICK (10) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 10TH OFF DAN WHEELER.
    FINAL SCORE: ST LOUIS 9, TAMPA BAY 8

    Rays 8, Cardinals 9  Bot 10, 0 OutsMay 17 4:53 PM
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    Rays 8, Cardinals 8  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 17 4:24 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY EVAN LONGORIA SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8
    ST LOUIS 8 END TOP, 8TH

    Rays 8, Cardinals 8  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 17 4:09 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS PENA (9) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF RANDY FLORES SCORED CARL CRAWFORD AND B.J. UPTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 7, ST LOUIS 8
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.232, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Rays 7, Cardinals 8  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 17 3:39 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALBERT PUJOLS (9) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF J.P. HOWELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4, ST LOUIS 8
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C DUNCAN (.260, 0-FOR-3)

    Rays 4, Cardinals 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 17 3:28 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CLIFF FLOYD SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C FLOYD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    ST LOUIS 7 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.276, 1-FOR-3)

    Rays 4, Cardinals 7  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 17 3:16 PM


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    SINGLE BY YADIER MOLINA SCORED ALBERT PUJOLS. ERROR BY
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    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, Y MOLINA ON FIRST, R LUDWICK ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    ST LOUIS 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A WAINWRIGHT (.222, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays 3, Cardinals 7  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 17 3:00 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO RYAN LUDWICK SCORED AARON MILES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R LUDWICK ON FIRST, T GLAUS ON SECOND, A
    PUJOLS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    ST LOUIS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: Y MOLINA (.295, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays 3, Cardinals 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 17 2:56 PM


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    SINGLE BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED SKIP SCHUMAKER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PUJOLS ON FIRST, A MILES ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    ST LOUIS 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C DUNCAN (.263, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays 3, Cardinals 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 17 2:49 PM
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    Rays 3, Cardinals 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 17 2:47 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN LUDWICK (9) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF MATT GARZA.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3, ST LOUIS 3
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: Y MOLINA (.298, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 3, Cardinals 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 17 2:29 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED GABE GROSS AND JASON
    BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, A IWAMURA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    ST LOUIS 2 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.277, 1-FOR-1)

    Rays 3, Cardinals 2  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 17 1:48 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TROY GLAUS SCORED SKIP SCHUMAKER AND AARON MILES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T GLAUS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    ST LOUIS 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R LUDWICK (.330, 8 HR, 25 RBI)

    Rays 1, Cardinals 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 17 1:35 PM


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    ST LOUIS 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - MATT GARZA
    STL - ADAM WAINWRIGHT

    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.278, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
    A MILES (.280, 0 HR, 5 RBI)
    A PUJOLS (.347, 8 HR, 27

    Rays 1, Cardinals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 17 1:23 PM