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Cards shuffle Pirates with long balls

Apr 8, 2009 - 4:23 AM ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kyle Lohse is sure glad he doesn't have to face Albert Pujols and the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals' stacked lineup.

Pujols hit a two-run homer and reached base five times, Lohse pitched seven innings and the Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Pujols went 2-for-3 with two walks and also reached on an error after going 3-for-4 in Monday's season-opening 6-4 loss against the Pirates.

Chris Duncan and Yadier Molina also had two-run homers for St. Louis, which pounded out 12 hits against four Pittsburgh pitchers. Joe Thurston and Khalil Greene each had two RBIs. Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 and scored twice in his major league debut.

"I wouldn't want to pitch against us right now," Lohse said. "Hopefully, we can have more nights like tonight."

Lohse (1-0) allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits to move to 4-0 in six career starts against Pittsburgh.

"It went pretty good for the first one," he said. "I was a little too juiced early. But after that, I felt like I settled in. I didn't have my best stuff in the last couple of innings, but I made it work."

Freddy Sanchez hit a two-run homer and Ryan Doumit drove in the other Pittsburgh run with a first-inning sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals scored all their runs in the first five innings, bouncing back after Monday's difficult loss. With the Pirates down to their last strike, Jack Wilson hit a three-run double to cap a four-run ninth inning off rookie closer Jason Motte as Pittsburgh earned a dramatic victory on opening day.

Duncan started Ian Snell's woes when he hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in right with two out in the first. Thurston made it 3-1 an inning later with his first major league hit, an RBI double down the line in right that plated Molina.

After Rasmus singled to right to start the third, Pujols belted a drive over the Pirates' bullpen in left field.

"If you can figure out (how to stop him), you go tell the whole league," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said.

Snell (0-1) lasted just four innings, allowing eight runs, six earned, and nine hits.

"I didn't execute any of my pitches tonight and I paid the price," he said. "I just didn't have location; nothing was working for me."






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    Pirates 3, Cardinals 9  FinalApr 8 7:08 AM
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    Pirates 3, Cardinals 9  FinalApr 8 1:17 AM


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

    BATTERIES: PIT - IAN SNELL, DONALD VEAL (5TH), SEAN BURNETT (6TH), CRAIG HANSEN
    (7TH) AND RYAN DOUMIT
    STL - KYLE LOHSE, DENNYS REYES (8TH), BRAD THOMPSON
    (9TH) AND YADIER MOL

    Apr 7 10:56 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY FREDDY SANCHEZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF KYLE LOHSE SCORED NYJER MORGAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, ST LOUIS 9
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: N MCLOUTH (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 3, Cardinals 9  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 7 9:57 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY YADIER MOLINA (1) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF DONALD VEAL.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, ST LOUIS 9
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J THURSTON (1.000, 2-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 7 9:41 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KHALIL GREENE SCORED COLBY RASMUS AND ALBERT
    PUJOLS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K GREENE ON SECOND, C DUNCAN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 8 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R ANKIEL (.167, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 7 9:32 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE THURSTON SCORED RICK ANKIEL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 6 END BOTTOM, 3RD

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 7 9:12 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALBERT PUJOLS (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF IAN SNELL SCORED COLBY RASMUS.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, ST LOUIS 5
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C DUNCAN (.500, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 7 9:03 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOE THURSTON SCORED YADIER MOLINA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J THURSTON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: K LOHSE (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 7 8:47 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CHRIS DUNCAN (1) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF IAN SNELL SCORED ALBERT PUJOLS.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, ST LOUIS 2
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: K GREENE (.200, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 7 8:31 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - IAN SNELL
    STL - KYLE LOHSE

    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (1.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    C RASMUS (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    A PUJOLS (.750, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Cardinals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 7 8:22 PM