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Pujols' homer not enough for St. Louis as Milwaukee wins in ninth

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MILWAUKEE -- Tony Graffanino just wouldn't quit.

Graffanino fouled off four pitches with two strikes already on him before he singled in the winning run in the ninth inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Monday night.

"I was going to fight and fight until hopefully I got a pitch I could hit," he said of his 10-pitch at-bat. "He made some good pitches I was able to foul off, and I was able to get one through the hole."

Albert Pujols hit a three-run drive for his 46th homer for the Cardinals, whose magic number was lowered to seven when Cincinnati lost 5-3 to the Houston Astros. St. Louis is seeking its third straight NL Central title and at least a share of the division's top spot for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Pujols, who also doubled and singled, spoiled Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano's shutout bid with his line drive over the left-field wall with two out in the seventh. Aaron Miles had an infield single and So Taguchi walked before Pujols connected on an 0-1 pitch to tie his career home run mark set in 2004.

"Albert Pujols is just an offensive monster," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I don't think I've seen a ball hit that hard all year. It stayed on a line all the way out of the ballpark."

Damian Miller singled off Braden Looper (9-2) to start the ninth for Milwaukee. Drew Anderson pinch ran for him and advanced on Jeff Cirillo's sacrifice. Graffanino, who had two doubles and a sacrifice fly, singled to left and Anderson beat the throw home.

"Once I got two strikes, I was looking for anything," Graffanino said. "He left one in a little bit that I was able to get the bat to."

Looper's last loss was June 30 against Kansas City.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will use Looper or Adam Wainwright in the closer role now that injured closer Jason Isringhausen is out the remainder of the season with a hip injury.

Francisco Cordero (2-0) pitched one perfect inning to get the win.

"It's a huge pick up for the team," Yost said as the team started its final homestand of the season.

Capuano allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out two as he lost his fourth straight start. He has gone 1-7 in 13 starts since the All-Star break.

"He's always tough on us," Pujols said of Capuano. "Our job was to go out there to try to score early. That didn't happen."

The Cardinals were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position until Pujols' home run.

"We had a couple of golden ones (chances) that we don't usually miss," La Russa said. "But, you have to give Capuano credit, pitching out of them.

St. Louis starter Anthony Reyes allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings and tied his season high with nine strikeouts. It was a much better start than his last outing on Sept. 8 when he gave up seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings of a 13-1 loss to Arizona.

The rookie right-hander has been wearing down, and La Russa skipped his turn in the rotation to give him some rest.

Geoff Jenkins, who was hitting so poorly that he was benched in early August, put Milwaukee ahead 1-0 with a solo shot leading off the second. It was his fifth home run this month and 15th of the season.

Reyes held the Brewers scoreless until Tony Gwynn Jr. tripled leading off the fifth and scored on Graffanino's sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • SS David Eckstein pinch hit in the seventh for Hancock and lined out. It was his first appearance since Aug. 18 for St. Louis. He was activated Sept. 15 from the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.
  • Unless deemed necessary by Major League Baseball, the Cardinals' rainout on Sunday with the San Francisco Giants will not be rescheduled. St. Louis will play just 161 games for the first time since 1999.
 
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Drew Anderson (right) is a pushover for happy endings as Prince Fielder scores on the winning run.  (AP)
Drew Anderson (right) is a pushover for happy endings as Prince Fielder scores on the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

G. Jenkins
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
So Taguchi, CF3110100 .268
   a- Scott Spiezio, PH1000002 .268
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
Preston Wilson, LF-RF4000022 .258
Albert Pujols, 1B5133012 .330
Juan Encarnacion, RF-CF4010103 .285
Scott Rolen, 3B4000005 .302
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4010000 .273
Gary Bennett, C3000001 .233
   b- Chris Duncan, PH-LF1010000 .303
Aaron Miles, SS4120011 .267
Anthony Reyes, P2000002 .130
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
   c- David Eckstein, PH1000001 .289
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .500
   d- John Rodriguez, PH0000100 .299
    Yadier Molina, C0000000 .218
Totals363933419 
a-grounded out for Taguchi in the 8th
b-singled for Bennett in the 8th
c-lined out for Hancock in the 7th
d-was walked intentionally for Thompson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (31, Capuano), Juan Encarnacion (23, Capuano), Ronnie Belliard (26, Capuano), Aaron Miles (19, Capuano)
HR - Albert Pujols (46, Capuano)
RBI - Albert Pujols 3 (126)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols 3 (46)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Aaron Miles (15, )
St. Louis Cardinals
Anthony Reyes 5.1522191 4.92
Randy Flores0111000 5.17
Josh Hancock 0.2100000 3.79
Brad Thompson 1100100 3.75
Tyler Johnson 0.1000000 4.28
Braden Looper (L,9-2) 1.1311000 3.49
IBB - Fielder by Brad Thompson
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Reyes 100-64, Randy Flores 1-1, Josh Hancock 9-6, Brad Thompson 17-10, Tyler Johnson 6-3, Braden Looper 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Reyes 1-6, Josh Hancock 1-1, Brad Thompson 1-2, Tyler Johnson 1-0, Braden Looper 2-1
Batters Faced - Anthony Reyes 22, Randy Flores 1, Josh Hancock 3, Brad Thompson 5, Tyler Johnson 1, Braden Looper 6
Milwaukee Brewers
Anthony Gwynn, CF5110001 .282
Tony Graffanino, 2B4032010 .280
Prince Fielder, 1B3000101 .278
Bill Hall, SS4000033 .257
Geoff Jenkins, RF4231000 .268
Corey Hart, LF4021011 .287
David Bell, 3B3000110 .263
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Damian Miller, C4020013 .250
    Drew Anderson, PR0100000 .000
Chris Capuano, P2000021 .109
   a- Brady Clark, PH1000000 .261
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Cirillo, 3B0000000 .321
Totals3441142910 
a-lined out for Capuano in the 7th
Batting
2B - Tony Graffanino 2 (31, An. Reyes, Thompson)
3B - Anthony Gwynn (1, An. Reyes), Corey Hart (1, Hancock)
HR - Geoff Jenkins (15, An. Reyes)
SF - Tony Graffanino (1)
SH - Jeff Cirillo (3)
RBI - Tony Graffanino 2 (53), Geoff Jenkins (67), Corey Hart (27)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Graffanino (18)
CS - Corey Hart (7, 2nd base by Looper/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Chris Capuano (2, )
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano 7833221 3.67
Chris Spurling 1100100 2.70
Francisco Cordero (W,9-4) 1000020 3.50
IBB - Rodriguez by Chris Spurling
HBP - Pr. Wilson (by Chris Capuano)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 106-69, Chris Spurling 15-8, Francisco Cordero 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-14, Chris Spurling 3-0, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 32, Chris Spurling 5, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19360
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - James Hoye