St. Louis at Oakland

St. Louis
W: R. Springer (2-0) L: L. DiNardo (2-3)
HR: STL - C. Duncan (12)   OAK - N. Swisher (10), M. Ellis (6)

Cardinals 15, Athletics 6

CBS wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Juan Encarnacion did the little things to get the St. Louis offense going again. So Taguchi did his share, too.

Chris Duncan provided the power stroke with a pinch-hit grand slam.

Encarnacion doubled to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and drove in three runs, Taguchi had three RBI, and the Cardinals bounced back from a rout a night earlier with a lopsided 15-6 victory of their own over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

"A lot of really good at-bats," manager Tony La Russa said. "We moved the ball all over the field and didn't try to do too much. The A's are relentless. You've got to make sure you keep scoring. We were ready to play and put yesterday behind us."

Encarnacion's RBI groundout in the first put St. Louis in front. He added a sacrifice fly in the third before doubling to start his team's 10-run fifth that featured Taguchi's two-run double and a grand slam by Duncan -- the first of his career and his fifth career pinch-hit homer. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam by the Cardinals since Bobby Bonilla on June 15, 2001, against the Chicago White Sox.

Duncan's swing is beginning to come around. He ended an 0-for-14 stretch Thursday with a three-run homer at Kansas City, then topped that Saturday.

"I just think I wasn't seeing the ball real well early on," Duncan said. "I was getting a little jumpy with my at-bats. The last few days I've been able to slow down. Our offense has been swinging the bats really well."

Encarnacion had an RBI groundout in his second at-bat of the inning, when St. Louis sent 13 batters to the plate and caused many of the 28,572 fans in attendance started making for the exits. The 10 runs were the most the A's have allowed in a single inning since giving up 10 in the first inning May 25, 2005, at Tampa Bay. The Cardinals scored their most in a single inning since getting 11 runs off San Diego in the first inning of a 15-5 win on May 8, 2005.

"That's hard to do," La Russa said. "The guys who were in there did a great job of continuing to play."

Taguchi matched his career high with four hits and Aaron Miles doubled, singled in a run and scored twice. No. 9 hitter Brendan Ryan had an infield single leading off the third for his first major league hit after being called up earlier in the day and later hit an RBI single.

"Today's game was everybody's game," Taguchi said, looking around the clubhouse for all the others who contributed.

Oakland's Mark Ellis hit a three-run homer off Randy Flores, whose brother Ron also pitched for the A's -- the first time they appeared in the same game at the major league level. Russ Springer (2-0) pitched the seventh and struck out two for the win.

A's manager Bob Geren saved the scorecard for his Flores.

"How often do brothers pitch in the same game?" Geren said. "We've had such good pitching for so long, you'd never predict something like that."

Nick Swisher hit a solo home run off Todd Wellemeyer in the third and Marco Scutaro had an RBI double in the second for the A's, who won 14-3 Friday night. Neither St. Louis starter Wellemeyer nor Oakland left-hander Lenny DiNardo (2-3) got out of the fourth inning.

DiNardo was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, struck out one and walked two in the shortest of his four starts this season.

"I never found the rhythm, and when I was ahead of somebody I couldn't put them away," DiNardo said. "I couldn't throw strikes, and that's part of putting people away."

A's backup catcher Kurt Suzuki earned his first major league start in a rare day off for the durable Jason Kendall. Suzuki doubled and singled. Jack Cust doubled, singled, scored twice and drew two walks for Oakland.

Oakland Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez missed the game with soreness in the muscle around his left rib area, which bothered him during his final at-bat Friday. Scutaro started at third in his place.


Taguchi had four hits in a game for the third time in his career. ... Oakland gave up its most runs of the year and 10 or more for the second time. ... St. Louis SS David Eckstein was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, and the Cardinals called up Ryan from Triple-A Memphis to start in his place. The Cardinals also brought up RHP Anthony Reyes to start Sunday and optioned righty reliever Kelvin Jimenez to Memphis. ... The A's recalled INF J.J. Furmaniak from Triple-A Sacramento and designated LHP Erasmo Ramirez for assignment.

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Players of the Game
St. Louis

S. Taguchi
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 0
St. Louis

C. Duncan
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Game Information
Attendance - 28572
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Tim Welke