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Looper improves to 3-0, Cardinals fly past Brewers

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ST. LOUIS -- Braden Looper pitched around Prince Fielder, and the rest of a Milwaukee Brewers' lineup minus Ryan Braun failed to make him pay for it.

Looper's scrappy pitching set the tone for the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-1 victory on Tuesday night. Looper allowed three hits in five innings.

"When the day started I knew he was the guy I wasn't going to let beat me, but I didn't throw many good pitches early in the count to him so I never really gave myself a chance," Looper said. "That's not the way I wanted to approach it, but when it's all said and done we won, and I made some pitches when I had to."

Skip Schumaker had two hits and two RBI and Adam Kennedy was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the surprising Cardinals, who lead the NL Central with a 10-4 record. Chris Duncan also had an RBI and Kennedy added a heads-up baserunning play, going from first to third on a groundout and then scoring an insurance run in the seventh.

The Cardinals have won six in a row at home since losing on opening day, their best stretch since a seven-game winning streak from May 11-28, 2005.

"Up and down the lineup, everybody is going to need to a little each night," Kennedy said. "We can't leave it all up to the big boys."

Braun, the NL Rookie of the Year mired in a 3-for-25 slump and batting .226, got a day off. The Brewers also were without .423-hitting Gabe Kapler, a late scratch with a bruised right shoulder.

The Cardinals prevailed in a unique game that featured both pitchers batting eighth, for different reasons. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa anchors his lineup with singles hitters, giving him a pair of leadoff types after the first time through the lineup to give Albert Pujols more RBI opportunities. Brewers manager Ned Yost does it with catcher Jason Kendall to cut down on double plays at the bottom of the order.

Yost's strategy didn't work this time, with pitcher Dave Bush grounding out to end the second and striking out to end the fourth, each time with two runners on, while Kendall was 0-for-3. Milwaukee also left two on in the sixth, the big outs coming on Bill Hall's second double-play ball of the game.

"We're going to keep going with it all year," Yost said. "We don't switch it out after just one bad night."

Cardinals ninth-place hitter Cesar Izturis had a two-run single in a three-run eighth, giving him three RBI on the year.

"The game wasn't won because the pitcher hit eighth," La Russa said. "We got some big two-out hits and some clutch pitching."

Looper (3-0) tied his high with five walks since moving into the rotation last season, including Fielder all three times. Fielder is 3-for-6 with a homer and seven walks against the right-hander and batted .300 with five homers and 14 RBI against St. Louis last season.

"Some guys like 'P,' he was being careful to, but everybody is going to be careful with 'P,"' said Joe Dillon, 1-for-3 with a walk while starting in place of Braun. "He made pitches when he had to and we hit some balls hard at some people, but that's just part of the game."

Corey Hart had two hits with an RBI single in the fourth for the Brewers, who had totaled 14 runs in a pair of victories prior to Tuesday. Fielder, who is in a 2-for-23 slump, drew a career-high fourth walk in the eighth.

Bush (0-3) allowed three runs on six hits in six innings in the strongest of his three starts. But he has a 7.02 ERA and is in danger of losing his rotation spot with Yovani Gallardo due to come off the 15-day disabled list this weekend.

"I'm not worried about that," Bush said. "I go out there pitch by pitch and like I said, I felt overall pretty good with the way I threw, just not the result."

Two-out hits in the first by Pujols and Rick Ankiel put runners on the corners, and Pujols scored on a wild pitch to put the Cardinals ahead. Schumaker and Duncan had consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the fifth for a 3-1 cushion.

Notes

  • Yost said Braun would be back in the lineup on Wednesday and Kapler also would play if he felt good.
  • Looper also walked five on May 29, 2007, at Colorado. He walked two in 11 2/3 innings his first two starts of the year.
  • Bush is 1-4 with a 6.98 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.
  • Kennedy was 3-for-17 on the Cardinals' just-completed seven-game trip.
  • Cardinals starters have eight victories.
  • LHP Mark Mulder threw 63 pitches in his first rehab start for Class A Palm Beach, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits in five innings. He had one strikeout and no walks.
 
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Albert Pujols takes advantage of a wild pitch by scoring from third base in the first inning.  (AP)
Albert Pujols takes advantage of a wild pitch by scoring from third base in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

B. Looper
IP 5.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 5
K 4
St. Louis

A. Kennedy
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000010 .196
Gabe Gross, CF4000010 .091
Joe Dillon, LF3110100 .222
Prince Fielder, 1B0000400 .222
Bill Hall, 3B4000025 .204
Corey Hart, RF3021000 .319
J.J. Hardy, SS3000105 .190
Dave Bush, P2000014 .167
   a- Hernan Iribarren, PH1000010 .333
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .182
Jason Kendall, C3000010 .375
Totals2813167  
a-struck out for Bush in the 7th
b-flied out for Turnbow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (4, Looper)
RBI - Corey Hart (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Hardy-Fielder, Fielder-Hardy, Hardy-Fielder
E - J.J. Hardy (1, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (L,0-3) 6633250 7.02
David Riske 0.2211000 2.25
Brian Shouse 0.2000000 1.80
Derrick Turnbow 0.2422100 9.82
WP - Dave Bush (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 92-57, David Riske 17-10, Brian Shouse 8-6, Derrick Turnbow 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 6-5, David Riske 1-1, Brian Shouse 3-0, Derrick Turnbow 1-0
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 24, David Riske 4, Brian Shouse 3, Derrick Turnbow 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, RF-LF4122111 .273
Chris Duncan, LF3011011 .310
   a- Ryan Ludwick, PH-RF1000000 .333
Albert Pujols, 1B4110003 .378
Rick Ankiel, CF4020010 .302
Troy Glaus, 3B3110112 .229
Yadier Molina, C4110002 .286
Adam Kennedy, 2B4231000 .286
Braden Looper, P2000011 .167
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian Barton, PH1000000 .400
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   c- Rico Washington, PH0000100 .200
    Anthony Reyes, P0000000 .000
Cesar Izturis, SS4011001 .222
Totals34612535  
a-grounded out for Duncan in the 7th
b-grounded out for McClellan in the 7th
c-walked for Franklin in the 8th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (4, Riske)
RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (2), Chris Duncan (4), Adam Kennedy (4), Cesar Izturis (2)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (2), Chris Duncan (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kennedy-Pujols, Izturis-Kennedy-Pujols, Kennedy-Izturis-Pujols
E - Adam Kennedy (2, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Braden Looper (W,3-0) 5311540 2.70
Kyle McClellan (H,6) 2000010 3.24
Ryan Franklin (H,6) 1000120 1.17
Anthony Reyes 1000000 2.70
HBP - Hart (by Kyle McClellan)
Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 91-52, Kyle McClellan 23-15, Ryan Franklin 18-10, Anthony Reyes 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 4-6, Kyle McClellan 3-1, Ryan Franklin 1-0, Anthony Reyes 2-1
Batters Faced - Braden Looper 22, Kyle McClellan 6, Ryan Franklin 4, Anthony Reyes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39438
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Lance Barksdale