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Ankiel drives in three more as Cards pound Reds to get back to .500

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel had another big day, raising his average to .354. No one would believe he used to be a pitcher.

Ankiel drove in three runs a day after hitting his first career grand slam, and Yadier Molina had three RBI and homered for the second straight game in the St. Louis Cardinals' 11-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

"He's just getting hits and he's having good at-bats, whatever the numbers are," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's competing beautifully and if he keeps doing that, everything takes care of itself."

Jim Edmonds gave the Cardinals a trio of three-RBI players, and his two-run double off rookie Phil Dumatrait (0-3) was the go-ahead hit in a four-run fifth that put the Cardinals ahead 5-2.

The defending World Series champions climbed back to .500 for the second time this week and also the second time since April 16.

"The trick is to not go back down now," starter Adam Wainwright said. "Now we just need to ride this and hopefully get some momentum and just keep it going."

The resilient Cardinals, who lost outfielder Juan Encarnacion (eye) and Scott Rolen (shoulder) for the season on Friday, remained two games behind the Cubs in the NL Central. They've taken the first two games of a three-game series against the Reds, who entered the series on an 8-2 tear.

David Ross, Adam Dunn and Scott Hatteberg drove in a run for Cincinnati, which committed two errors that contributed to three unearned runs.

"I've been bragging about our defense and we've been outstanding in the month of August," interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "But the last couple of days have not been our greatest moments."

Ankiel hit a two-run double in the sixth for a 7-2 lead, singled twice and had a sacrifice fly in the seventh for an 11-2 cushion. He's 13-for-27 (.481) during a seven-game hitting streak and has five homers and 17 RBI in only 65 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A Memphis on Aug. 9.

Molina had three hits, and has hit five of his six homers in his last 14 games to tie his single-season high. Known mostly for his defense and strong arm, he's had multihit games in nine of his last 19 starts to raise his average to .285, after batting only .216 last year.

"I said last year was just a fluke because he's always hit," La Russa said. "He's just really taking good swings, staying on the ball."

Wainwright (13-9) survived early trouble to beat the Reds for the first time in three starts, after going 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA the first two meetings. Wainwright needed 33 pitches to exit the third when the Reds took a 2-1 lead on Adam Dunn's bases-loaded single, but retired nine of the next 10 batters.

Wainwright ended up one out shy of his 14th quality start in 19 appearances. In 5 2/3 innings, he gave up two runs -- one earned -- and six hits.

Dumatrait nearly escaped without damage in the fifth, but second baseman Brandon Phillips double-clutched on a throw to first and was late and high on Ryan Ludwick's potential inning-ending, bases-loaded double play ball, allowing the tying run to score.

Edmonds followed with a drive to left-center that stayed in play after deflecting off the padding on the top of the wall, allowing Ludwick to score from first on the play. Molina followed with an RBI single off Marcus McBeth for a 5-2 lead.

In 4 2/3 innings, Dumatrait was charged with five runs and seven hits.

"I'm semi-pleased," Mackanin said. "When you get into trouble, you try to pitch out of it. You can get ahead of hitters, but you have to be able to put them away and make good pitches when you have to."

Shortstop Alex Gonzalez dropped a relay on a force play in the Cardinals' five-run sixth, contributing to three unearned runs. Ankiel had a two-run double and Edmonds and Molina each had an RBI, all off Mike Gosling.

Notes

  • Wainwright had three walks, equaling his total from the previous two starts.
  • The Cardinals are 14-4 in their last 18 home games, and 16-10 with the pitcher batting eighth.
  • Molina is batting .361 (39-for-108) in his last 31 games.
  • The Reds are 33-33 at home and 29-41 on the road.
  • Ludwick robbed Jeff Keppinger of extra bases with a catch at the wall in left-center in the seventh.
  • Cardinals reliever Troy Percival left after three pitches to start the ninth after feeling a pop in a quadriceps muscle. He told manager Tony La Russa he had walked it off, but La Russa thought best to take him out.
 
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Albert Pujols welcomes Yadier Molina back to the dugout after the catcher homers again.  (AP)
Albert Pujols welcomes Yadier Molina back to the dugout after the catcher homers again. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Josh Hamilton, CF5010022 .276
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4110101 .358
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4020010 .288
    Jason Ellison, RF1000001 .219
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000102 .288
Adam Dunn, LF3221100 .266
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010003 .270
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3011004 .306
David Ross, C4011012 .205
Phil Dumatrait, P2000002 .000
    Marcus McBeth, P0000000 .000
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH0000100 .257
    Mike Gosling, P0000000 .000
   b- Norris Hopper, PH1000001 .323
    Jon Coutlangus, P0000000 .000
Totals3539344  
a-walked for McBeth in the 6th
b-grounded out for Gosling in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Gonzalez (24, Cavazos), Scott Hatteberg (26, Wainwright), David Ross (8, Wainwright)
SF - Scott Hatteberg (3)
RBI - Adam Dunn (93), Scott Hatteberg (47), David Ross (34)
2-OUT RBI - David Ross (9)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
PB - David Ross (6)
E - Alex Gonzalez (16, Missed catch of throw), Scott Hatteberg (3, Missed catch of throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Phil Dumatrait (L,0-3) 4.2755121 13.00
Marcus McBeth 0.1100000 7.36
Mike Gosling 2563200 4.94
Jon Coutlangus 1000010 3.72
IBB - Pujols by Mike Gosling
HBP - Cairo (by Phil Dumatrait)
WP - Marcus McBeth (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Dumatrait 98-66, Marcus McBeth 13-7, Mike Gosling 45-26, Jon Coutlangus 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Dumatrait 7-5, Mike Gosling 4-3, Jon Coutlangus 1-1
Batters Faced - Phil Dumatrait 23, Marcus McBeth 2, Mike Gosling 14, Jon Coutlangus 3
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5100003 .284
Rick Ankiel, RF4233000 .354
Albert Pujols, 1B3110201 .317
    Troy Percival, P0000000 .000
    Kelvin Jimenez, P0000000 .000
Ryan Ludwick, LF4201122 .244
Jim Edmonds, CF4123010 .255
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Andy Cavazos, P0000000 .000
   a- Gary Bennett, PH-C1000000 .228
Yadier Molina, C4133000 .285
   b- Chris Duncan, PH-1B1000000 .268
Miguel Cairo, 2B2000001 .248
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
   c- So Taguchi, PH-CF1000001 .296
Adam Wainwright, P1000001 .280
    Aaron Miles, 2B2110000 .301
Brendan Ryan, 3B4230001 .330
Totals3611131033  
a-grounded out for Cavazos in the 8th
b-flied out for Molina in the 8th
c-grounded out for Johnson in the 6th
Batting
2B - Rick Ankiel (4, Gosling), Jim Edmonds (13, Dumatrait), Brendan Ryan (6, Gosling)
HR - Yadier Molina (6, Dumatrait)
SF - Rick Ankiel (2)
SH - Adam Wainwright (8)
RBI - Rick Ankiel 3 (17), Ryan Ludwick (38), Jim Edmonds 3 (41), Yadier Molina 3 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Edmonds 2 (18), Yadier Molina (14)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Miles-Pujols
E - Albert Pujols (8, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,13-9) 5.2621330 3.78
Tyler Johnson (H,5) 0.1000010 4.02
Russ Springer 1100000 2.53
Andy Cavazos 1111100 6.46
Troy Percival0000000 2.39
Kelvin Jimenez 1100000 9.42
WP - Andy Cavazos (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 110-66, Tyler Johnson 5-3, Russ Springer 15-9, Andy Cavazos 24-14, Kelvin Jimenez 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 7-8, Russ Springer 1-1, Andy Cavazos 1-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 27, Tyler Johnson 1, Russ Springer 3, Andy Cavazos 5, Kelvin Jimenez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42356
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Tim Timmons