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Cardinals score early and often to beat Giants, maintain NL lead

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Scott Rolen's bat woke up Friday night.

Rolen hit two home runs and drove home a career-high seven runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over San Francisco 14-4 Friday night and dent the Giants' NL wild-card chances.

"I had a good September tonight," said Rolen, who entered in a 2-for-21 slide. "That's about all I've done."

Chris Duncan also homered twice for the Cardinals, who maintained a 5 1/2-game division lead over second-place Cincinnati and they close in on their third straight NL Central title,. It was the most runs for the Cardinals since they beat San Diego 15-5 on May 8, 2005.

Rolen hit a three-run homer in the first off Brad Hennessey (5-5), an emergency starter after Jason Schmidt had a tight back. Rolen added a solo shot against in the sixth, giving him 21 homers and putting the Cardinals ahead 7-2. He added a bases-loaded double off Billy Sadler in a seven-run sixth that boosted the lead to 13-2.

Rolen had his 19th multihomer game, his first since Aug. 15, 2004, at Atlanta. His previous career high for RBI was six against Pittsburgh in on Aug. 19, 2003.

"I don't know what happened," he said. "I haven't done much the last two weeks. But all of a sudden, you get a day off, and today I came back, started seeing the ball a little better, had some opportunities and got some results."

After playing in only 56 games last year due to a left shoulder injury, Rolen still is adjusting to playing a full schedule.

"Every month that I've played this year is new ground from the shoulder surgery I had last year," he said. "This one didn't start off too well. Hopefully, it picks up."

San Francisco remained 2 1/2 games behind San Diego, the wild-card leader.

"In this game, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose," San Francisco's Randy Winn said.

Duncan hit a solo homer in the first, a two-run homer in the second and walked with the bases loaded in the sixth, giving him four RBI. It was the second multihomer game for Duncan, who also went deep twice Aug. 10 at Cincinnati.

"I felt good, and it was just one of those things that he fell behind in the count and I ended up getting some good pitches to hit and put a good swing on it."

Albert Pujols had a two-run single, giving him 122 RBI.

Jeff Suppan (12-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, striking out six. He is 6-2 with a 2.30 ERA since the All-Star break and is 3-0 in six starts since losing to Pittsburgh 7-1 on Aug. 11.

"Our offense really took over tonight," Suppan said. "For me, it was just trying to go up there and throw up zeros, as many as I could."

Hennessey allowed six runs and five hits in two innings, dropping to 0-3 with a 10.70 ERA in his last five starts.

"For whatever reason, the past month and a half, I haven't been the same person I was the first three months," Hennessey said. "I've got to find my way back there."

Pedro Feliz homered in the seventh for San Francisco. He has 22 this season, tying his career best, set in 2004.

Notes

  • Rolen's home run was his first since Aug. 23 at New York.
  • Hennessey lasted just one inning against the Dodgers on Aug. 19, allowing seven runs and seven hits.
  • The Cardinals are 21-9 vs. the NL West.
 
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Chris Duncan helps set the tone for  the Cardinals with two home runs against the Giants.  (AP)
Chris Duncan helps set the tone for the Cardinals with two home runs against the Giants. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

S. Rolen
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 7
St. Louis

C. Duncan
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF3011010 .257
   a- Jason Ellison, PH-CF2000021 .213
Omar Vizquel, SS3010000 .301
   b- Tomas De La Rosa, PH-SS2010000 .200
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B3110012 .280
   c- Lance Niekro, PH-1B1000002 .251
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
   d- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000 .257
Barry Bonds, LF3010000 .263
    Fred Lewis, LF1000000 .750
Ray Durham, 2B3011000 .299
    Kevin Frandsen, 2B1111000 .253
Moises Alou, RF3000012 .294
    Billy Sadler, P0000000 .000
   e- Todd Greene, PH-1B0000100 .283
Pedro Feliz, 3B4221021 .254
Eliezer Alfonzo, C2000001 .272
   f- Justin Knoedler, PH-C2000000 .000
Brad Hennessey, P1000010 .231
    Jamey Wright, P1000001 .255
    Scott Munter, P00000001.000
    Todd Linden, RF2000002 .281
Totals384941812 
a-struck out for Winn in the 7th
b-singled for Vizquel in the 7th
c-flied out for Hillenbrand in the 7th
d-flied out for Taschner in the 9th
e-walked for Sadler in the 8th
f-flied out for Alfonzo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Omar Vizquel (20, Suppan), Pedro Feliz (32, Suppan)
HR - Kevin Frandsen (2, Flores), Pedro Feliz (22, Suppan)
RBI - Randy Winn (52), Ray Durham (87), Kevin Frandsen (7), Pedro Feliz (92)
2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn (22), Ray Durham (28)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Fred Lewis (1, )
San Francisco Giants
Brad Hennessey (L,5-5) 2566103 4.21
Jamey Wright 3.1233121 5.10
Scott Munter 0.1133200 8.41
Billy Sadler 1.1111110 6.75
Jack Taschner 1211000 9.82
HBP - Encarnacion (by Brad Hennessey), Molina (by Jamey Wright)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Hennessey 50-27, Jamey Wright 44-31, Scott Munter 16-6, Billy Sadler 26-14, Jack Taschner 21-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Hennessey 3-2, Jamey Wright 5-3, Scott Munter 1-0, Billy Sadler 3-0
Batters Faced - Brad Hennessey 12, Jamey Wright 14, Scott Munter 4, Billy Sadler 6, Jack Taschner 5
St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Miles, SS4210101 .262
Chris Duncan, RF-1B4324100 .305
Albert Pujols, 1B3212100 .321
    So Taguchi, CF1110000 .267
Scott Spiezio, LF-3B4221100 .271
Scott Rolen, 3B4237000 .303
    Mike Rose, C1000001 .143
Juan Encarnacion, CF3000001 .285
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .500
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3110010 .275
   a- Jose Vizcaino, PH-2B1000000 .215
Yadier Molina, C2100010 .220
   b- Skip Schumaker, PH-RF1000000 .191
Jeff Suppan, P1000100 .200
   c- John Rodriguez, PH-LF1000010 .299
Totals33141114533 
a-grounded out for Belliard in the 7th
b-grounded out for Molina in the 7th
c-struck out for Suppan in the 7th
Batting
2B - So Taguchi (18, Taschner), Scott Rolen (44, Sadler)
HR - Chris Duncan 2 (18, Hennessey, Hennessey), Scott Rolen 2 (21, Hennessey, Wright)
SH - Jeff Suppan (9)
RBI - Chris Duncan 4 (37), Albert Pujols 2 (122), Scott Spiezio (46), Scott Rolen 7 (89)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Duncan 3 (11), Albert Pujols 2 (43), Scott Spiezio (30), Scott Rolen 3 (28)
CS - Juan Encarnacion (5, 2nd base by Hennessey/Alfonzo)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Albert Pujols (6, ), Scott Spiezio (4, )
St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Suppan (W,12-7) 7833061 4.23
Randy Flores 0.2111111 4.93
Brad Thompson 1.1000010 3.83
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 100-64, Randy Flores 25-16, Brad Thompson 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 9-7, Randy Flores 2-0, Brad Thompson 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 30, Randy Flores 5, Brad Thompson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45927
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Jim Wolf