Arizona at St. Louis

St. Louis
W: M. Mulder (4-1) L: J. Cruz (1-1)
S: J. Isringhausen (11)
HR: ARI - E. Byrnes (2)   STL - J. Edmonds (5)

Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 3

CBS wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder was kicking himself in the dugout for giving up a game-tying home run in the fifth inning when Jim Edmonds came to his rescue.

Edmonds hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, restoring order for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

"I'll tell you what, I'm going to be a pretty good pitcher when I quit giving up homers," Mulder said. "It's one or two mistakes a game and they're hitting every one of them, but you know what, Jimmy picked me up."

Mulder has given up three game-tying homers in middle to late portions of games. He's allowed a team-high eight homers in 52 2/3 innings.

Albert Pujols drove in his major league-leading 44th run and David Eckstein singled twice for his 15th multihit game. The Cardinals have won six of seven overall and are 13-4 against the Diamondbacks the last four seasons.

Edmonds, who drove in three runs, has gotten off to a slow start both in the field and at the plate. He entered the game hitting .243, but is 6-for-15 with five RBI in his last five games and has hit in eight straight overall. He had a sacrifice fly off Juan Cruz (1-1) in the first after Pujols' RBI single, and his fifth homer snapped a 2-all tie in the fifth.

"I've been feeling pretty good all year but just haven't been getting hits," Edmonds told reporters. "I know you guys like to talk about all the stats and trying to jinx me.

"I'm just trying to contribute and stay in the lineup until I can get above the water."

Mulder (4-1) gave up six hits in six innings, the only damage Eric Byrnes' two-run homer in the fifth. Those are the only runs Mulder has allowed the Diamondbacks in three starts covering 24 innings, the first two appearances producing a one-hitter in 2001 when he was with the Athletics and a second shutout last year.

Mulder said he was trying to bust Byrnes with an inside fastball that drifted over the plate.

"It seemed like he didn't get many up, but I was able to take advantage of that one," Byrnes said. "There's a reason he's won so many games, he's an unbelievable pitcher."

Jason Isringhausen gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Johnny Estrada in the ninth before finishing for his 11th save in 13 chances and sending the Diamondbacks to their third loss in four games after a seven-game winning streak.

Mulder is 81-11 in 108 career starts with four or more runs support. His 92 victories since 2001 lead the majors, and the Cardinals have won seven of his eight starts this season.

The Cardinals opened the first with singles by Eckstein, John Rodriguez and Pujols followed by Edmonds' sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

Cruz, who gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings, hit Pujols with one out in the fifth. Edmonds homered on a 2-0 pitch, sending Cruz to his first loss as a starter since Sept. 19, 2003, at Pittsburgh.

"I was behind in the count and I just threw an off-speed pitch and he is a good hitter," Cruz said. "You saw it. He just got it."

The Cardinals made it 5-2 in the sixth when Rodriguez beat out a potential double play ball after singles by pinch-hitter Larry Bigbie and Eckstein put runners on first and third.

Byrnes also singled and is batting .410 (16-for-39) in his last 10 games.


Former St. Louis Hawks NBA stars Bob Pettit and Ed Macauley were honored in a pre-game ceremony. ... Cruz hit two batters after entering the game having hit that many in his first 22 innings this season. ... The Cardinals are 15-5 at new Busch Stadium, all of them sellouts. ... Eckstein is 8-for-16 his last four games. ... Chad Tracy, who was 5-for-7 the first two games of a five-game trip for Arizona, was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. ... Arizona's Conor Jackson singled in the fourth and is batting .353 (18-for-51) during a 12-game hitting streak.

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Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

E. Byrnes
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Arizona Diamondbacks
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Damion Easley, SS3000112
Chad Tracy, 3B4000031
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010001
Conor Jackson, 1B3120101
Shawn Green, RF4000032
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110011
Chris Snyder, C3000001
   a- Johnny Estrada, PH1011000
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   b- Andy Green, PH1000000
    Jason Grimsley, P0000000
    Casey Daigle, P0000000
   c- Tony Clark, PH1000001
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b-grounded out for Aquino in the 7th
c-grounded out for Daigle in the 9th
2B - Orlando Hudson (, Mulder)
HR - Eric Byrnes (, Mulder)
RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (), Johnny Estrada ()
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (), Johnny Estrada ()
SB - Orlando Hudson (, 3rd base off Mulder/Molina)
CS - Damion Easley (, 2nd base by Mulder/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Easley-Hudson-Jackson
PB - Chris Snyder ()
E - Conor Jackson (, Wild throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Greg Aquino 1000000
Jason Grimsley 1000030
Casey Daigle 1000000
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Pitches-Strikes - Juan Cruz 95-60, Greg Aquino 5-3, Jason Grimsley 15-10, Casey Daigle 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Cruz 6-7, Greg Aquino 2-0, Casey Daigle 2-1
Batters Faced - Juan Cruz 28, Greg Aquino 2, Jason Grimsley 3, Casey Daigle 3
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4120012
John Rodriguez, LF3111010
    Brad Thompson, P0000000
    Randy Flores, P0000000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000
Albert Pujols, 1B2111101
Jim Edmonds, CF3113012
Scott Rolen, 3B3000123
Juan Encarnacion, RF4000012
Yadier Molina, C3010100
Aaron Miles, 2B4000002
Mark Mulder, P1000000
   a- Larry Bigbie, PH-LF2110000
a-singled for Mulder in the 6th
HR - Jim Edmonds (, Cruz)
SF - Jim Edmonds ()
SH - Mark Mulder ()
RBI - John Rodriguez (), Albert Pujols (), Jim Edmonds 3 ()
Team LOB - 7
DP - Rolen-Miles-Pujols
E - Scott Rolen (, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
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Brad Thompson (H,) 1.1000000
Randy Flores (H,) 0.2000010
Jason Isringhausen (S,) 1111120
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Mulder 98-63, Brad Thompson 17-12, Randy Flores 8-5, Jason Isringhausen 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Mulder 8-2, Brad Thompson 4-1, Jason Isringhausen 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Mulder 24, Brad Thompson 5, Randy Flores 2, Jason Isringhausen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41085
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mark Wegner