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St. Louis (40-45) «22002010x7120

Cardinals 7, Giants 0

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Barry Bonds' chase of Hank Aaron is now on a four-day hiatus. The All-Star break might be coming at a better time for San Francisco's other star Barry -- struggling left-hander Barry Zito.

Bonds went 0-for-3 in his final game of the first half and remained at 751 home runs, Chris Duncan drove in three runs for St. Louis and the Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-0 victory Sunday over the San Francisco Giants.

Duncan's two-run double in the fifth knocked out Zito (6-9), who ended his disappointing first half with a six-start winless stretch and four straight dropped decisions. That's hardly what the Giants or the $126 million man himself expected after he received the richest deal ever for a pitcher.

"I think the break will be good for me. I can assess what's going on, become objective and move forward," said Zito, whose last win was May 30 at New York. "It's hard to sum up the first half in a couple of lines. ... Battling yourself is the key to everyone's failures. It's not me. It's the reason anyone struggles in this game."

Zito will head to Southern California to clear his mind and spend time with family -- and plans to talk to his father Joe about his first-half problems.

Ryan Ludwick doubled twice, drove in a run and matched his career high with three hits, and Todd Wellemeyer (3-1) won for the first time in five starts since beating the Los Angeles Angels on June 10.

Wellemeyer, who will be bumped from the rotation in favor of Kip Wells to start the second half, pitched five shutout innings. Four relievers finished the five-hit shutout, St. Louis' first at home this season and third overall.

"I've done it for the last three years, so it's no problem at all," he said. "I knew I was going to end up in the bullpen eventually."

Duncan also hit an RBI single in the seventh, helping the Cardinals avert their first three-game sweep at Busch Stadium since the New York Mets took all three April 1-4 to open the season.

"I thought that was an important game," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who will manage Bonds on the NL roster in Tuesday night's All-Star game in San Francisco. "You keep hearing all the time, 'If you're only going to win one of three, win the last one."'

Bonds homered only in the first game of his team's six-game Midwest trip, Tuesday night at Cincinnati. He is four shy of tying Aaron's record.

Bonds left the game -- when the first-pitch temperature was 90 degrees -- early for the third straight day. The sellout crowd of 44,613 booed when Kevin Frandsen stepped in as a pinch hitter in the eighth, certainly hoping to see No. 25 one more time.

"Well, when they scored another run and it was another long inning, it's a day game after a night game and I just said, 'That's enough,"' manager Bruce Bochy said.

Bonds walked five times in the first two games of the series, but was challenged each time Sunday. He flied out to left to end the first, struck out swinging on a high, 93 mph fastball to end the third, then flied out to left again to start the sixth.

His pursuit of the Hammer will wait until Friday night, when the Giants open a three-game home series against the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers. After that, it's off to Wrigley Field for four games against the Chicago Cubs and then three at Milwaukee -- the city where Aaron began and ended his 23-year big league career.

Zito's nine losses are a career-worst before the break. He faced four batters in the fifth but didn't record an out before giving way to Scott Atchison.

"He's battling himself, no question about it," Bochy said. "It really was an ugly day for us. We didn't pitch, hit or play defense. ... We've got to tighten things up, there's no getting around it. Our strength is pitching and we got away from it today."

Zito allowed six runs and eight hits, walked four and struck out three. There is cause for the Giants to be optimistic that things will get better: Zito owns a 59-27 career record and 3.26 ERA after the break.

Catcher Guillermo Rodriguez came out to talk things over with Zito in the first after a leadoff single to Brendan Ryan followed by Ludwick's double over Bonds' head in left. Albert Pujols followed with an RBI single to right and Scott Rolen added a sacrifice fly two batters later.

While the Cardinals' defense played a clean game for the first time in the series, rookie shortstop Ryan dropped Roberts' routine pop fly in the third after losing the ball in the sun. He wound up getting a force out at second, then someone ran out a pair of sunglasses for him -- but he put them on the top of his hat and manager Tony La Russa started gesturing.

Aaron Miles was back to second base after committing three seventh-inning errors a night earlier that led to three unearned runs in San Francisco's 7-6 win.

Notes

After the game, the Giants optioned Atchison to Triple-A Fresno to make roster room for RHP reliever Vinnie Chulk, who will come off the bereavement list before Friday's game. ... Zito allowed 21 runs in the first two innings of his 18 starts before the break. He went only four innings for the third time in his last six outings and has a 7.12 ERA during the stretch. ... St. Louis has won 10 of the last 11 games in which Wellemeyer has pitched, including seven of eight starts. ... Ludwick doubled for the fifth straight game. ... The Giants, 3-11 in their last 14 road games, were shut out for the eighth time this year.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Duncan
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
St. Louis

R. Ludwick
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, CF3010101 .226
Omar Vizquel, SS4000003 .235
Ray Durham, 2B4010002 .252
Barry Bonds, LF3000013 .295
   a- Kevin Frandsen, PH-LF0000100 .267
Ryan Klesko, 1B4010021 .295
Fred Lewis, RF2010200 .280
Pedro Feliz, 3B4010003 .234
Guillermo Rodriguez, C4000003 .176
Barry Zito, P1000100 .125
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark Sweeney, PH1000000 .208
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .500
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
   c- Randy Winn, PH1000001 .280
Totals3105053  
a-walked for Bonds in the 8th
b-flied out for Atchison in the 7th
c-grounded out for Kline in the 9th
Batting
SB - Dave Roberts (17, 2nd base off Wellemeyer/Bennett)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Klesko, Durham-Vizquel-Klesko
E - Dave Roberts (3, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (L,6-9) 4865430 4.90
Scott Atchison 2100000 0.00
Kevin Correia 1311000 3.99
Steve Kline 1000010 3.76
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 84-48, Scott Atchison 19-13, Kevin Correia 15-12, Steve Kline 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 2-7, Scott Atchison 4-1, Kevin Correia 1-1, Steve Kline 2-0
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 24, Scott Atchison 6, Kevin Correia 5, Steve Kline 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Ryan, SS5220001 .268
Ryan Ludwick, CF4131001 .258
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Spiezio, PH1000010 .282
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B3111112 .310
Juan Encarnacion, RF4220013 .269
Scott Rolen, 3B2011100 .267
Chris Duncan, LF3023100 .288
Gary Bennett, C4000013 .221
Aaron Miles, 2B3110103 .290
Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .100
    Troy Cate, P0000000 .000
    Troy Percival, P0000000 .000
   b- Skip Schumaker, PH-CF1000000 .273
   c- So Taguchi, PH-CF1000000 .293
Totals31712644  
a-struck out for Franklin in the 8th
b-grounded out for Percival in the 6th
c-grounded out for Schumaker in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick 2 (11, Zito, Zito), Juan Encarnacion (13, Correia), Chris Duncan (13, Zito)
SF - Scott Rolen (7)
SH - Todd Wellemeyer 2 (3)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (21), Albert Pujols (52), Scott Rolen (38), Chris Duncan 3 (47)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rolen-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer (W,3-2) 5200420 5.83
Troy Cate 0.1200000 1.42
Troy Percival 0.2000000 1.59
Ryan Franklin 2000110 1.23
Jason Isringhausen 1100000 1.53
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 80-50, Troy Cate 9-5, Troy Percival 3-3, Ryan Franklin 20-13, Jason Isringhausen 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 5-8, Troy Percival 1-0, Ryan Franklin 2-3, Jason Isringhausen 1-2
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 21, Troy Cate 3, Troy Percival 1, Ryan Franklin 7, Jason Isringhausen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44613
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Andy Fletcher