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ST. LOUIS -- A decade ago when the St. Louis Cardinals hired Tony La Russa as their manager, there's no question he would have lost a popularity contest with Whitey Herzog.
A very successful run -- five postseason berths and a World Series appearance -- narrowed the gap. And La Russa caught Herzog, who guided the team to a championship and three pennants in the 1980s, on the franchise victory list Monday night with a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It was the 822nd win with the Cardinals for La Russa, tying him with Herzog for second on the franchise list. La Russa reached the milestone in 1,501 games, 49 fewer than Herzog.
"It's special to be in this uniform," La Russa said. "I guarantee you, he won 800 games because he had players and I got 800 because we've got players. It's a players' game."
Reggie Sanders had two hits and two RBI for the Cardinals, whose run of dominance against Pittsburgh extends to last Aug. 20 and includes three victories this year by a combined score of 22-4. But they were held in check by Dave Williams until scoring three runs in the sixth.
"We've had real good battles against the Cardinals in the past and we're still having good battles against them," said Pittsburgh's Daryle Ward, who was 0-for-3 with a walk. "They're not blowing us out, we're losing tough games and we just want to be on the other side."
Jason Bay homered in the eighth and Williams (4-4) drove in his second run of the season with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly for the Pirates, who have lost three of four.
Carpenter (7-2) didn't allow a hit until Rob Mackowiak doubled to start the fifth. The right-hander had six strikeouts, fanning the side in the sixth, and walked three. He also worked out of a jam in the seventh, retiring Humberto Cota and pinch-hitter Bobby Hill with runners on second and third.
Jason Isringhausen worked the ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.
Williams, who won his three previous starts, held the Cardinals hitless until Sanders singled to start the fifth. Williams gave up three runs and four hits in six innings.
"I don't pitch against their pitcher, I pitch against their offense," Williams said. "If you look at it, everybody's beatable if you pitch your game.
"Tonight I came up a little short and that was that."
Yadier Molina led off the sixth with a single and advanced on Carpenter's sacrifice and a groundout before Williams walked his only batter of the game, Larry Walker. Pujols fouled off two pitches before lining a double to left, and Walker perhaps surprised the Pirates when he was sent home as shortstop Jack Wilson checked second base before throwing to the plate.
"I had no idea, I was just doing what my third-base coach wanted," Walker said. "That's all I do -- if the manager tells me to do something or the coach tells me something, I do it.
"The wife, too."
Sanders followed with an infield hit for a 3-1 lead, and drove in an insurance run in the eighth with a grounder to third that Mackowiak mishandled for an error.
Bay, who had been in a 2-for-26 slump, hit his ninth homer off Julian Tavarez with two outs in the eighth.
|Tony La Russa ties Whitey Herzog for second on the Cardinals' victory list with 822. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Matt Lawton, RF||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.261|
|Jack Wilson, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.191|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.279|
|Daryle Ward, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||3||0||.268|
|Jose Castillo, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.314|
|Rob Mackowiak, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.327|
|Tike Redman, CF||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Humberto Cota, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.242|
|David Williams, P||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.133|
|a- Bobby Hill, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.264|
|Brian Meadows, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Vogelsong, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Freddy Sanchez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|a-fouled out for D. Williams in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Vogelsong in the 9th|
|2B - Rob Mackowiak (7, Carpenter), Tike Redman (3, Carpenter)|
|HR - Jason Bay (9, Tavarez)|
|SF - David Williams (1)|
|RBI - Jason Bay (21), David Williams (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay (12)|
|CS - Matt Lawton (5, 2nd base by Carpenter/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - D. Williams-J. Wilson-Castillo, Mackowiak-Castillo-Ward|
|E - Jose Castillo 2 (2, Misplayed grounder), Rob Mackowiak (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|David Williams (L,4-4)||6||4||3||3||1||4||0||3.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Williams 81-51, Brian Meadows 12-7, Ryan Vogelsong 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Williams 9-5, Brian Meadows 3-0, Ryan Vogelsong 3-0|
|Batters Faced - David Williams 23, Brian Meadows 4, Ryan Vogelsong 5|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Eckstein, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.308|
|Larry Walker, RF||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||2||2||.333|
|Reggie Sanders, LF||4||0||2||2||0||1||0||.256|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.320|
|Scott Seabol, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|So Taguchi, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.239|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.230|
|Chris Carpenter, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.048|
|a- Abraham Nunez, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|a-grounded out for Carpenter in the 7th|
|2B - Albert Pujols (14, D. Williams)|
|SH - Chris Carpenter (4)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (39), Reggie Sanders 2 (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (14), Reggie Sanders (15)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Chris Carpenter (W,7-2)||7||4||1||1||3||6||0||3.78|
|Ray King (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.75|
|Julian Tavarez (H,9)||0.2||1||1||1||0||1||1||3.22|
|Jason Isringhausen (S,12)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0.63|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 90-60, Ray King 2-1, Julian Tavarez 14-9, Jason Isringhausen 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 6-8, Ray King 1-0, Jason Isringhausen 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 27, Ray King 1, Julian Tavarez 3, Jason Isringhausen 5|
|Attendance - 33073|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|