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Mulder carries Cardinals with 10-inning performance

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder simply outlasted Roger Clemens.

Mulder threw a 10-inning shutout, outpitching Clemens in a marquee matchup and leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Houston Astros 1-0 Saturday.

The first Cardinals starter to go 10 innings since Jose DeLeon pitched 11 against Cincinnati in 1989, Mulder threw only 101 pitches in his ninth career shutout.

"I wasn't tired, but they would have taken me out for a pinch-hitter in the ninth if my spot had come up," he said.

Mulder (2-1) enjoyed the 43-degree weather and won his second consecutive outing after going winless in his first two starts.

"I like it when I'm the only one sweating out there," he said. "I'm pitching the same way I always have, I'm just getting better results."

Larry Walker's RBI single off Brad Lidge in the 10th won it for the Cardinals, moving manager Tony La Russa into a tie with Joe McCarthy for fifth place on the career victories list at 2,125.

Clemens allowed four hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 0.32 and pushing his scoreless streak to 23 innings. But he was thwarted for the third straight time in his bid for his 330th win. He remains tied with Steve Carlton for ninth on the career list.

The Astros have not scored a run for Clemens in 22 innings. They did not even put a runner on third base in this one.

"I don't worry about that side of it," Clemens said. "I was moving the ball around and I got out of a few spots."

Mulder set a career high for innings pitched, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking none in his 23rd complete game. The lanky left-hander, acquired from Oakland in an offseason trade, lowered his ERA from 4.74 to 3.10.

"He pitched a pretty decent game, but we swung at a lot of balls," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "We need to be a little better selective the next time out."

Mulder has not allowed an earned run in his past two starts, giving up just six hits in 18 innings.

Pinch-hitter Reggie Sanders led off the 10th with an infield single against Chad Qualls (1-1). After Sanders moved to second on a groundout, Lidge came in to face Walker, who lined a single to left to score Sanders.

"It was a swinging bunt that feels just as good as a ringing line drive," Sanders said. "I was enjoying the game from the bench and I'm glad I was part of the win."

Lidge said Walker hit a good pitch.

"It was a fastball, down and away and he reached for it. I'm not upset about the pitch at all," he said.

Clemens, who threw 126 pitches, had six strikeouts and a season-high four walks. He and Mulder were facing each other for the first time in a regular-season game. They were the starting pitchers in last year's All-Star game.

In six career starts against the Cardinals, Clemens is 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA. That doesn't include the 2004 postseason, in which Clemens lost Game 7 of the NL championship series at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Roger Cedeno, who had been 10-for-24 against Clemens, grounded out to end the inning.

Notes

  • LF Chris Burke robbed Mulder of a hit with a diving catch in the fourth.
  • Mulder shook off the effects of being struck on the left ankle by a piece of Mike Lamb's shattered bat in the fourth.
 
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Mark Mulder goes the distance in a 10-inning shutout for his second win and 23rd complete game. (AP)
Mark Mulder goes the distance in a 10-inning shutout for his second win and 23rd complete game. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

L. Walker
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

M. Mulder
IP 10.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 
Houston Astros
Adam Everett, SS4010010 .206
Craig Biggio, 2B4000012 .323
Mike Lamb, 1B4000010 .182
Jason Lane, RF4010011 .343
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4000001 .273
Chris Burke, LF4000010 .212
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Brad Ausmus, C3010000 .195
Willy Taveras, CF3010001 .327
Roger Clemens, P2000000 .125
   a- Jose Vizcaino, PH1000001 .333
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Orlando Palmeiro, LF0000000 .375
Totals33040056 
a-grounded out for Clemens in the 8th
Batting
CS - Craig Biggio (1, 2nd base by Mulder/Molina)
Team LOB - 3
Houston Astros
Roger Clemens 7400460 0.32
Chad Qualls (L,1-2) 2.1111020 2.25
Brad Lidge0100000 1.04
Pitches-Strikes - Roger Clemens 126-79, Chad Qualls 35-22, Brad Lidge 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roger Clemens 9-6, Chad Qualls 3-2
Batters Faced - Roger Clemens 29, Chad Qualls 8, Brad Lidge 1
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5000000 .259
Larry Walker, RF4011110 .216
Albert Pujols, 1B4010001 .292
Jim Edmonds, CF3010110 .283
Scott Rolen, 3B2000210 .226
Roger Cedeno, LF4010016 .158
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4010020 .226
Yadier Molina, C3000002 .143
   a- Abraham Nunez, PH1000000 .333
    Einar Diaz, C0000000 .286
Mark Mulder, P3000020 .000
   b- Reggie Sanders, PH1110000 .244
Totals34161489 
a-lined out for Molina in the 9th
b-singled for Mulder in the 10th
Batting
2B - Mark Grudzielanek (3, Clemens)
RBI - Larry Walker (7)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Grudzielanek-Eckstein-Pujols
E - Scott Rolen (1, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Mulder (W,2-1)10400050 3.10
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Mulder 101-75
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Mulder 17-7
Batters Faced - Mark Mulder 33
Game Information
Attendance - 40058
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 43
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Third Base - Greg Gibson