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Schumaker helps Cards rip game wide open in 10th vs. Braves

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ATLANTA -- Skip Schumaker insists he's not a home run hitter. At least for one night though, he was.

Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.

Schumaker, who entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter, drove an 0-1 pitch from Tyler Yates (2-2) over the right-field fence for his second homer. It came after Aaron Miles singled to open the inning.

Schumaker is 17-for-33 (.515) in July and increased his batting average to .315.

"I'm definitely not a power hitter. When I hit them, it's pretty much luck," Schumaker said.

"I was just happy it stayed fair. I knew I hit it pretty good, but I was yelling at it to stay fair," he said of the high fly that just dropped into the stands at the 330-foot mark a couple of feet inside the foul pole.

"It was awesome," said Albert Pujols, who tied the game at 2 with his 22nd home run in the eighth, a solo shot off Rafael Soriano.

"We needed that. He (Schumaker) obviously came up big for us," Pujols said.

"You can't make a mistake to a hitter the caliber of Albert Pujols and expect to get away with it," Atlanta's Chipper Jones said.

Pujols walked following Schumaker's homer and Juan Encarnacion followed with a single, knocking out Yates. Rolen hit his fifth homer off Oscar Villarreal, a drive over the left-field fence.

"It was a huge win for us," said Pujols, who appeared to be favoring his right side (oblique) before hitting the home run.

"It's fine. It wasn't bothering me. You think I would be swinging like that (hit home run) if it was?" he said.

Jones drove in a run with a double and Kelly Johnson hit a solo home run to give Atlanta an early 2-0 lead.

St. Louis got within 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Encarnacion.

"We blew too many games this homestand," said Atlanta manager Bobby Cox of the 5-5 run at Turner Field that ended Sunday night.

"We could have had a dynamite homestand. A couple of clutch hits here and there, a little better pitch location," he said.

Jason Isringhausen (4-0) picked up the win with four strikeouts in two perfect innings.

Rookie left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes started for Atlanta and went 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander allowed one run, three hits, walked four and struck out three in his third start since being called up from the minors. He lowered his ERA from 8.68 to 6.14.

Reyes allowed only one hit before So Taguchi led off the sixth with a single and went to third on a double by Pujols. Encarnacion followed with his run-scoring grounder, sending Pujols to third. The rookie walked Ryan Ludwick on four pitches and was replaced by Peter Moylan, who got Rolen to hit into a double play, ending the inning.

St. Louis starter Brad Thompson pitched six innings. The right-hander allowed two runs, six hits, walked three and struck out two.

Thompson gave up a single to Edgar Renteria in the third and Jones, who was 8-for-13, including a homer and six RBI in the four-game series, scored Renteria with a double to left-center.

Johnson hit his 10th homer on an 0-1 pitch, over the right-field fence in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

Notes

  • Willie Harris, who went 6-for-6 in Saturday night's 14-6 win over the Cardinals, went 0-for-4 with a walk on Sunday.
  • Harris made a sensational diving catch in the fifth off the bat of Thompson, saving at least a double.
  • Taguchi saved a run in the fifth with a one-handed, over-the-head catch against the wall on a drive by Renteria. Harris, who reached on an error, was rounding second when Taguchi caught it but easily made it back to first.
 
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Skip Schumaker, batting .515 in July, slaps a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 10th inning.  (AP)
Skip Schumaker, batting .515 in July, slaps a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

S. Schumaker
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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So Taguchi, CF2110101 .298
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH-CF2112000 .315
Albert Pujols, 1B3221201 .322
Juan Encarnacion, RF5111023 .281
Ryan Ludwick, LF2000110 .246
   b- Chris Duncan, PH-LF2000022 .294
Scott Rolen, 3B5123001 .264
Yadier Molina, C4000101 .249
Brendan Ryan, 2B3000001 .322
   c- Adam Kennedy, PH1000001 .223
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
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   d- Jim Edmonds, PH1000000 .235
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Miles, 2B1110000 .272
Totals3879756  
a-grounded out for Taguchi in the 8th
b-struck out for Ludwick in the 9th
c-flied out for Ryan in the 9th
d-flied out for Thompson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (20, Reyes)
HR - Skip Schumaker (2, Yates), Albert Pujols (22, Soriano), Scott Rolen (5, Villarreal)
RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (8), Albert Pujols (60), Juan Encarnacion (35), Scott Rolen 3 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (15), Scott Rolen 3 (12)
SB - Scott Rolen (5, 2nd base off Wickman/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Pujols
E - Brendan Ryan (2, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Brad Thompson 6622321 4.93
Ryan Franklin 2200220 1.27
Jason Isringhausen (W,4-0) 2000040 1.56
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Thompson 89-53, Ryan Franklin 54-33, Jason Isringhausen 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Thompson 7-6, Ryan Franklin 2-2
Batters Faced - Brad Thompson 24, Ryan Franklin 10, Jason Isringhausen 6
Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, LF4000111 .332
Edgar Renteria, SS5120011 .335
Chipper Jones, 3B4011100 .345
Andruw Jones, CF3000232 .214
Kelly Johnson, 2B4111001 .291
Jeff Francoeur, RF3020100 .294
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4020004 .285
Julio Franco, 1B4000023 .177
Jo-Jo Reyes, P2000001 .333
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Thorman, PH1000011 .215
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .353
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
Totals3528258  
a-struck out for Moylan in the 7th
b-flied out for Wickman in the 9th
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2B - Chipper Jones (21, Thompson)
HR - Kelly Johnson (10, Thompson)
RBI - Chipper Jones (49), Kelly Johnson (45)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones (15)
CS - Willie Harris 2 (7, 2nd base by Thompson/Molina, 2nd base by Thompson/Molina)
PK - Andruw Jones (1, Thompson)
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DP - Johnson-Franco
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Jo-Jo Reyes 5.1311430 6.14
Peter Moylan (H,3) 1.2000000 2.25
Rafael Soriano (BS,3) 1111001 3.77
Bob Wickman 1100010 4.24
Tyler Yates (L,2-2) 0.1344111 5.31
Oscar Villarreal 0.2111011 3.98
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 5-8, Peter Moylan 2-2, Rafael Soriano 1-2, Bob Wickman 1-1, Oscar Villarreal 1-0
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 23, Peter Moylan 4, Rafael Soriano 4, Bob Wickman 4, Tyler Yates 5, Oscar Villarreal 3
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Attendance - 39181
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Reynolds