|St. Louis (16-25)||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||3||7||0|
|Detroit (27-16) «||1||0||0||0||2||3||0||0||x||6||9||1|
DETROIT -- The World Series rematch was a mismatch.
"You wish we would've swung the bats like this in the World Series," said Detroit's
"They're a different team now and we're playing pretty well."
The Tigers, who split the first two games of the World Series here, outscored the Cardinals 28-14 in the weekend series and remained tied with Cleveland for first in the AL Central division. The Cardinals fell 9½ games behind NL Central leaders Milwaukee and are off to their worst start since manager Tony LaRussa joined the club in 1996.
Verlander (5-1), last season's Rookie of the Year in the AL, pitched eight strong innings to pick up his fourth victory in four May starts and hand the Cardinals their fifth straight defeat. He retired 10 straight batters after surrendering Chris Duncan's solo homer in the fifth.
The right-hander, who has won all four of his career starts in interleague play, gave up two runs and five hits with three strikeouts in his longest outing of the season.
"My velocity wasn't there today," said Verlander, who threw 120 pitches in a 7-2 win at Boston on May 15, "but I was still able to get people out. There's no such thing as a sophomore jinx. You've got to keep doing what you're doing every time you go out."
Verlander began the season with no-decisions in three of his first four starts and hasn't lost since April 28.
"He's always good," Cardinals veteran Scott Spiezio said. "He's got great stuff and he mixes it up well and throws to spots. He had a lot of good plays behind him, too."
Brad Thompson (2-1) gave up five runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Casey highlighted Detroit's three-run sixth with a two-run double off reliever Tyler Johnson.
The Cardinals finished a 2-7 road trip and have lost six of their last seven.
"It's definitely a disappointing road trip," Thompson said. "I hope we get back on track when we get home. We have to start playing better baseball, but I'm confident we can do it. I mean, look around this clubhouse. You've got All-Stars and future Hall of Famers."
Duncan gave the Cardinals their only lead of the series when he homered to straight center in the fifth, but Inge put the Tigers back on top for good in the bottom of the inning with his eighth homer of the season.
Curtis Granderson led off the first with his AL-leading sixth triple and scored the game's first run on Neifi Perez's groundout.
Detroit's sweep came on the heels of a 1-3 trip to Boston and just before visits from division leaders Los Angeles and Cleveland.
"It doesn't get any easier," Casey said. "Those are good teams but we feel like we're a pretty good team right now, too."
It doesn't get easier for the Cardinals, either. They welcome NL Central leader Milwaukee on Tuesday.
"I don't care what other teams are doing," Spiezio added. "We've got to take care of ourselves. If we do that, then we'll be back in the thick of it."
|Even without his best stuff, Justin Verlander continues to rule against the National League. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
New Era Detroit Tigers Fitted Hat
$34.95 Shop Now!
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.239|
|Scott Spiezio, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.276|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.225|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.209|
|Chris Duncan, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.290|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.294|
|So Taguchi, RF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.227|
|David Eckstein, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.256|
|Aaron Miles, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.236|
|2B - Albert Pujols (7, Rodney), Yadier Molina (5, Verlander)|
|HR - Chris Duncan (7, Verlander)|
|RBI - Jim Edmonds (10), Chris Duncan (15)|
|CS - Albert Pujols (3, 2nd base by Verlander/Rabelo)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Pujols-Miles|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Brad Thompson (L,2-1)||5.2||5||5||5||2||1||1||4.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Thompson 86-52, Tyler Johnson 12-8, Ryan Franklin 14-9, Jason Isringhausen 11-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Thompson 9-7, Jason Isringhausen 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brad Thompson 24, Tyler Johnson 3, Ryan Franklin 4, Jason Isringhausen 4|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.284|
|Neifi Perez, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.214|
|Gary Sheffield, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.240|
|Magglio Ordonez, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.344|
|Carlos Guillen, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.327|
|Craig Monroe, LF||2||1||0||0||2||1||0||.229|
|Sean Casey, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.252|
|Mike Rabelo, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||1||1||2||0||1||1||.227|
|2B - Neifi Perez (2, Franklin), Carlos Guillen (13, Isringhausen), Sean Casey (9, Johnson)|
|3B - Curtis Granderson (6, Thompson)|
|HR - Brandon Inge (8, Thompson)|
|RBI - Neifi Perez (5), Sean Casey 2 (10), Mike Rabelo (3), Brandon Inge 2 (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Sean Casey 2 (5), Mike Rabelo (1)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Guillen-Casey, Perez-Guillen-Casey, Rabelo-Guillen|
|E - Carlos Guillen (10, Misplayed grounder)|
|Justin Verlander (W,5-1)||8||5||2||2||1||3||1||2.68|
|Bobby Seay (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||5.40|
|WP - Justin Verlander (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 109-74, Fernando Rodney 11-8, Bobby Seay 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 9-10, Fernando Rodney 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 28, Fernando Rodney 4, Bobby Seay 1|
|Attendance - 39562|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Troy Fullwood, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|