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Cards trump Braves ace as Hudson loses pair of impressive streaks

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ST. LOUIS -- One of the most reliable things in baseball has been Tim Hudson winning when given a lead of three runs or more.

Until Saturday night.

The Atlanta starter, who had been unbeaten in his past 76 starts when given a lead of at least three runs, squandered a three-run advantage in St. Louis on Saturday as the Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 win. The loss also snapped Hudson's nine-game winning streak.

Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols had two hits and an RBI each to lead the Cardinals.

The last time Hudson (15-6) gave up a lead of three or more runs was on Aug. 23, 2000, when Hudson was with Oakland and lost 7-5 to Cleveland. Hudson is 95-2 in his career with that advantage.

"Three runs is a lot for a pitcher; I think any front-line pitcher, if you give him three runs, should win the ballgame," Hudson said. "I felt we should have won tonight for sure."

The Cardinals got to Hudson with one big inning, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five runs in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead.

"It was a big inning," said Cardinals second baseman Aaron Miles, who began the rally with a bunt. "I don't know if he got a little tired. I just wanted to get something started. That's what we needed."

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa knows his team got a little lucky.

"We got to him with a bunt and a couple of balls that fell," La Russa said.

Atlanta manager Bobby Cox agreed.

"He had the worst luck I've ever seen of any pitcher for one inning," Cox said. "The bunt was an excellent bunt and then two broken bats and a high hopper up the middle, and the ball that (Yunel) Escobar booted.

"He was on top of his game. It's just unreal that could happen, but we get bloop hits, too."

The Braves fell four games behind the San Diego Padres in the NL wild-card race, and seven games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

Cardinals reliever Russ Springer (7-1) got the win by pitching a scoreless fifth inning. Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth and recorded his 26th save in 28 opportunities.

Mark Teixeira went 2-for-3 with an RBI, giving him 30 RBI in 23 games since joining the Braves.

Hudson, who entered the game 7-0 with a 2.06 ERA since the All-Star break, was sailing along until the fifth.

Miles, batting ninth, led off the inning with his bunt single. He went to second when David Eckstein singled to right, and scored on Rick Ankiel's broken-bat single to short right that made it 3-1.

Pujols followed Ankiel with a single up the middle to score Eckstein and the Cardinals tied it at 3-3 on Edmonds' hit that went under Braves shortstop Escobar's glove and was ruled a single.

After Chris Duncan made the first out on a fly out to left, Scott Rolen gave the Cardinals the lead with a double off the wall in right. Pinch-hitter So Taguchi made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Edmonds.

Atlanta cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth on Teixeira's based-loaded infield single to third off St. Louis reliever Randy Flores.

Hudson gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a two-out, RBI single to left that scored Andruw Jones. Kelly Johnson's leadoff homer off St. Louis starter Joel Pineiro in the third made it 2-0, and Hudson gave himself a three-run cushion in the fourth when he again drove home Jones, this time with a single to right.

Pineiro had his shortest outing since coming to St. Louis, lasting just four innings. Pineiro allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts before being pinch-hit for by Ryan Ludwick.

However, La Russa said the Cardinals would not have won had Pineiro not limited the damage in his four innings.

"I think that's the key to the game," he said. "I don't think we catch them the way Hudson's pitching."

Notes

  • Former Braves first-round pick Adam Wainright will try for his 12th win Sunday for the Cardinals.
  • Edmonds had two or more hits for the 10th time in his past 19 games. Edmonds is batting .333 in that span (23-for-69).
  • Brian McCann went 0-for-5, ending his hitting streak at six games.
 
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For the first time in seven years, Tim Hudson loses when working with a lead of three or more runs. (AP)
For the first time in seven years, Tim Hudson loses when working with a lead of three or more runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

S. Rolen
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

Y. Escobar
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, LF5000026 .302
Kelly Johnson, 2B4111124 .292
Chipper Jones, 3B4000103 .332
Mark Teixeira, 1B4021111 .299
Brian McCann, C5000015 .272
Jeff Francoeur, RF5010021 .298
Andruw Jones, CF5220023 .221
Yunel Escobar, SS4130000 .327
Tim Hudson, P2022000 .250
   a- Chris Woodward, PH1010000 .210
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Thorman, PH1000000 .215
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
Totals404124310  
a-singled for Hudson in the 6th
b-grounded out for Acosta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yunel Escobar (15, Pineiro)
HR - Kelly Johnson (14, Pineiro)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (62), Mark Teixeira (79), Tim Hudson 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (31), Tim Hudson (5)
Team LOB - 12
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (L,15-6) 5955300 3.23
Tyler Yates 1000010 4.98
Manny Acosta 1100120 0.00
Peter Moylan 1100110 2.01
IBB - Molina by Tim Hudson, Molina by Manny Acosta, Pujols by Peter Moylan
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 80-54, Tyler Yates 8-5, Manny Acosta 20-11, Peter Moylan 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 9-6, Tyler Yates 1-1, Manny Acosta 1-0, Peter Moylan 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Tyler Yates 3, Manny Acosta 5, Peter Moylan 5
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4110000 .295
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Rick Ankiel, RF5111021 .273
Albert Pujols, 1B4121100 .319
Jim Edmonds, CF4121112 .255
Chris Duncan, LF4010005 .268
Scott Rolen, 3B4011000 .268
Yadier Molina, C1010300 .280
Joel Pineiro, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Ludwick, PH1000002 .245
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   b- So Taguchi, PH0001000 .295
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P1000012 .000
    Brendan Ryan, SS0000000 .333
Aaron Miles, 2B4120003 .297
Totals32511554  
a-flied out for Pineiro in the 4th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Springer in the 5th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (24, Hudson)
SF - So Taguchi (1)
SH - David Eckstein (5), Joel Pineiro (2)
RBI - Rick Ankiel (9), Albert Pujols (84), Jim Edmonds (37), Scott Rolen (57), So Taguchi (20)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Scott Rolen (10, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro 4733251 4.50
Russ Springer (W,7-1) 1100000 2.68
Randy Flores (H,11) 1311120 4.57
Ryan Franklin (H,21) 2000010 1.95
Jason Isringhausen (S,26) 1100020 1.53
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 88-54, Russ Springer 10-6, Randy Flores 34-17, Ryan Franklin 21-12, Jason Isringhausen 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 3-4, Ryan Franklin 5-0, Jason Isringhausen 1-1
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 21, Russ Springer 4, Randy Flores 7, Ryan Franklin 6, Jason Isringhausen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 45441
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom