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St. Louis (20-26) «20150000x8112

Cards wait out rain to snap Nats' win streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals took a lot longer than they wanted to end the Washington Nationals' four-game winning streak.

Closer Jason Isringhausen pitched to two hitters, one before a rain delay of 1 hour, 41 minutes and one to finally close it out, in an 8-6 victory Saturday night.

"It was our fault," manager Tony La Russa said. "We had a couple of relievers that needed relief.

"We should have closed those innings out sooner, and we wouldn't have had to worry about it. Now we've got the rubber game tomorrow -- in a little while."

Brad Thompson (3-1) allowed three runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, and Jim Edmonds had two hits and three RBI for the Cardinals, winners of four of their last five. Albert Pujols was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, Scott Rolen had a two-run double, and Adam Kennedy had two hits and a bases-loaded walk.

St. Louis knocked out Levale Speigner (1-1) in the fourth, but had a long wait for the final out due to a storm that intensified during the inning while umpires ignored the downpour as long as they could. Before the delay, Kelvin Jimenez got the first two outs, the second on a questionable called third strike to Ryan Zimmerman that prompted a prolonged protest from the dugout by Nationals manager Manny Acta.

Acta said he had "no comment" whether the umpires were in a rush to finish the game.

"No one wants to go through this, but you've got to give credit to our guys," Acta said. "We battled until the last minute."

Ryan Church and Austin Kearns followed with back-to-back doubles to cut the deficit to three. The Cardinals brought in Isringhausen, prompting another delay, and after Dmitri Young's RBI single cut the gap to two runs the game was halted.

When the game resumed, Isringhausen got Jesus Flores to foul out for his 13th save in 14 chances.

In the finale of the three-game series Sunday, the Nationals will be seeking their first series win over the Cardinals since 1999. Washington has won 11 of 16 overall.

Speigner, a 2006 Rule 5 pickup in the rotation due to a rash of injuries that has sidelined four-fifths of the Washington rotation, allowed eight runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. In three starts covering only 10 1/3 innings he has allowed 17 runs, and he has an 8.39 ERA overall in 15 appearances.

"Well, obviously it wasn't a very good outing," Acta said "We put a lot of stress on our bullpen and we have five days to evaluate and we'll see what the alternatives will be."

Cardinals left fielder Chris Duncan lost track of a fly ball for the second time in four days when Young's routine fly ball dropped in front of him in the sixth. Later in the sixth he made the defensive play of the game with a diving catch on Felipe Lopez's bases-loaded drive to the gap, holding him to a sacrifice fly.

Duncan said he lost Young's fly ball in a "big thundercloud or something. I just couldn't see it."

"Everybody loses balls in the twilight, that's just a freak play," La Russa said. "But he definitely sacrifices his body. He's willing to dive for everything."

Thompson made his fourth start as the replacement for injured Chris Carpenter in the rotation. In six appearances covering 12 2/3 innings against the Nationals, all but one of them in relief, he's 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA.

"I didn't have my best stuff, but I got through a few innings," Thompson said. "I'd like to do a lot more with 100 pitches than 5 1/3, but we'll take it."

After Church's RBI single in the first gave the Nationals the lead, Edmonds answered with a two-run single in the bottom half. His run-scoring single in the third made it 3-1.

The Cardinals broke the game open in the fourth with some help from Young, who got confused after failing to convince the umpires that he had snared Scott Spiezio's low liner to first with the bases loaded. Young tried to sell the play as a catch while baserunners froze. Young then faked a throw to third while David Eckstein ran home. Young's throw was late and St. Louis took a 5-1 lead.

The play was ruled a fielder's choice.

Rolen followed with a two-run double and Kennedy's bases-loaded walk made it 8-1. Pinch hitter Ryan Langerhans added an RBI single in a two-run sixth and pinch hitter Tony Batista had a sacrifice fly in the eighth for Washington.

Notes

  • The Cardinals have scored in the first inning only four times in their first 46 games, and have been outscored 34-9 in the opening inning.
  • Edmonds has a five-game RBI streak, totaling seven.
  • The Cardinals are 19-9 when scoring three or more runs and 1-17 otherwise.
  • Zimmerman had two hits after entering in a 2-for-16 slump.
  • Ryan Franklin got the last two outs in the eighth, his first appearance in six days. Franklin was at home with strep throat Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Eckstein had three singles and is 9-for-22 (.409) in his last five games.
 
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Jason Isringhausen gets a 1 hour, 41 minute rain-delay break between batters before recording the save.  (AP)
Jason Isringhausen gets a 1 hour, 41 minute rain-delay break between batters before recording the save. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Washington

A. Kearns
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, 2B4001003 .246
Cristian Guzman, SS5120003 .269
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5020011 .249
Ryan Church, LF5121011 .270
Austin Kearns, RF5131002 .263
Dmitri Young, 1B3121211 .302
    Robert Fick, PR0000000 .189
Brian Schneider, C3110003 .236
   a- Jesus Flores, PH-C2100002 .263
Nook Logan, CF4010003 .277
Levale Speigner, P1000010 .000
    Billy Traber, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Langerhans, PH1011000 .148
    Winston Abreu, P0000000 .000
   c- Tony Batista, PH0001000 .231
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
Totals38614624  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Schneider in the 8th
b-singled for Traber in the 6th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Abreu in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Church (17, Jimenez), Austin Kearns (12, Jimenez)
SF - Felipe Lopez (2), Tony Batista (2)
SH - Levale Speigner (3)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (17), Ryan Church (25), Austin Kearns (20), Dmitri Young (23), Ryan Langerhans (4), Tony Batista (4)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns (11), Dmitri Young (10)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Guzman-F. Lopez-Young, Guzman-F. Lopez-Young
PB - Brian Schneider (2)
Washington Nationals
Levale Speigner (L,1-1) 3.1888310 8.39
Billy Traber 1.2200200 1.23
Winston Abreu 2000040 2.31
Ray King 1100000 5.84
Pitches-Strikes - Levale Speigner 75-44, Billy Traber 29-14, Winston Abreu 25-20, Ray King 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Levale Speigner 7-3, Billy Traber 3-1, Winston Abreu 1-1, Ray King 1-1
Batters Faced - Levale Speigner 22, Billy Traber 8, Winston Abreu 6, Ray King 3
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5131001 .277
Chris Duncan, LF4100113 .279
Albert Pujols, 1B4320102 .291
Scott Spiezio, RF4211000 .277
    So Taguchi, RF0000000 .243
Scott Rolen, 3B3012111 .231
Jim Edmonds, CF4023012 .231
Yadier Molina, C3000113 .287
Adam Kennedy, 2B3121100 .242
Brad Thompson, P1000003 .000
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Ludwick, PH1000010 .220
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Kelvin Jimenez, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Totals32811855  
a-struck out for Wellemeyer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (7, Traber)
SH - Brad Thompson 2 (3)
RBI - David Eckstein (9), Scott Spiezio (14), Scott Rolen 2 (19), Jim Edmonds 3 (16), Adam Kennedy (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Edmonds 3 (7), Adam Kennedy (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rolen-Kennedy-Pujols, Rolen-Kennedy-Pujols
E - David Eckstein (9, Throwing), Yadier Molina (3, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Brad Thompson (W,3-1) 5.11033120 4.73
Todd Wellemeyer 1.2100010 8.06
Tyler Johnson 0.1010100 1.08
Ryan Franklin 0.2000000 0.92
Kelvin Jimenez 0.2222010 8.10
Jason Isringhausen (S,13) 0.1100000 1.42
WP - Brad Thompson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Thompson 96-59, Todd Wellemeyer 14-11, Tyler Johnson 9-4, Ryan Franklin 4-3, Kelvin Jimenez 18-11, Jason Isringhausen 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Thompson 11-3, Todd Wellemeyer 2-1, Tyler Johnson 2-0, Ryan Franklin 1-1, Kelvin Jimenez 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Thompson 27, Todd Wellemeyer 5, Tyler Johnson 3, Ryan Franklin 2, Kelvin Jimenez 4, Jason Isringhausen 2
Game Information
Attendance - 44270
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Tony Randazzo