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Schumaker's single lifts Cards, ends Astros' win streak at 6

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Skip Schumaker sat and waited for a ball over the plate. When the right pitch finally came from Houston reliever Wesley Wright in the ninth inning Saturday, the Cardinals' left fielder simply put it in play.

Schumaker's base hit to left scored pinch-runner Cesar Izturis with the winning run, allowing St. Louis to snap the Astros' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory.

Wright had relieved Dave Borkowski (0-1), who walked Brian Barton to start the ninth. Barton was forced out at second on Adam Wainwright's bunt, and after Brendan Ryan singled to center and Izturis came in to run for Wainwright, Astros manager Cecil Cooper made the pitching change.

"I just tried to get a ball over the plate," said Schumaker, the first batter Wright faced. "I put it in play and it worked out."

It was a testy affair throughout, with the two teams nearly coming to blows in the third inning when Wainwright threw behind Astros catcher Brad Ausmus. Both dugouts and bullpens emptied but no punches were thrown.

The purpose pitch came after Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue was hit on the inside of his jersey by Houston starter Roy Oswalt in the second inning on a 2-2 pitch, and Albert Pujols was thrown an inside fastball that moved him off the plate in the first inning.

Cooper was certain the pitch from Wainwright was intentional.

"That guy (Wainwright) is one of the best pitchers in the league," the Astros manager said. "He doesn't have control problems."

Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa had another explanation.

"It happens," LaRussa said. "The umpiring chief took care of it and we just played baseball. I don't think there was intent on either side."

Wainwright (3-1) allowed only five hits -- three of them solo homers -- and struck out six while walking two in the complete game. Lance Berkman was responsible for two of the homers, his 22nd career multihomer game.

"It was a battle the entire game," said Wainwright, who threw 127 pitches. "It was a great game. They really played hard. It's just a huge win."

Houston went on top 1-0 in the first when Kaz Matsui hit his first home run of the season, but St. Louis came back from the benches-clearing top half of the third with a big inning to take control of the game.

Pujols doubled to deep right-center off Oswalt, scoring Schumaker and Rick Ankiel, then came in himself on Troy Glaus' sacrifice fly to right that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead.

Glaus, whose 15 RBI without a homer leads the major leagues, was back in the lineup after leaving Friday night's game with watery eyes and blurred vision. The team said he is suffering from allergic conjunctivitis, more commonly known as Pink Eye.

The Astros cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth when Berkman hit his seventh home run, and his solo shot in the seventh tied the game.

"Two pitches he got up," Berkman said. "Whenever you face a guy like him, if you don't capitalize on those than you're not going to get anything done."

Oswalt, who had won his last two decisions, lasted six innings and allowed five hits and three runs with three walks.

"It's a good win," Schumaker said, "especially against one of the best pitchers in the league in Oswalt."

Notes

  • With Pujols' walk in the first, he has reached base in all 25 games this season. In 2005, his best start to a season, he reached base safely his first 33 games.
  • The Cardinals improved to 3-6 this season after giving up the first run of the game.
 
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Skip Schumaker (55) is mobbed by his teammates after driving in Cesar Izturis for the winning run. (AP)
Skip Schumaker (55) is mobbed by his teammates after driving in Cesar Izturis for the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 2
K 6
Houston

L. Berkman
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4000030 .205
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4121000 .314
Miguel Tejada, SS4010001 .344
Lance Berkman, 1B3222101 .326
Carlos Lee, LF3000100 .269
Hunter Pence, RF4000012 .258
Mark Loretta, 3B3000000 .222
Brad Ausmus, C3000010 .080
Roy Oswalt, P2000000 .167
    Tim Byrdak, P00000001.000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   a- Darin Erstad, PH1000010 .300
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
Totals3135326  
a-struck out for Geary in the 8th
Batting
HR - Kazuo Matsui (1, Wainwright), Lance Berkman 2 (8, Wainwright, Wainwright)
RBI - Kazuo Matsui (7), Lance Berkman 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Lance Berkman (12)
CS - Miguel Tejada (2, 2nd base by Wainwright/LaRue)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Berkman
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt 6533350 5.75
Tim Byrdak 0.1000100 0.00
Geoff Geary 0.2000000 2.70
Doug Brocail 1000000 3.46
Dave Borkowski (L,0-1) 0.1111100 3.72
Wesley Wright0100000 3.68
HBP - LaRue (by Roy Oswalt)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 117-75, Tim Byrdak 7-2, Doug Brocail 16-9, Dave Borkowski 8-4, Wesley Wright 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 6-7, Tim Byrdak 1-0, Geoff Geary 1-0, Doug Brocail 1-2, Dave Borkowski 1-0
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 27, Tim Byrdak 2, Geoff Geary 1, Doug Brocail 3, Dave Borkowski 3, Wesley Wright 1
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, RF4111101 .310
Rick Ankiel, CF3110100 .247
Albert Pujols, 1B3112101 .373
Chris Duncan, LF4010011 .273
Troy Glaus, 3B3001010 .259
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010011 .306
Jason LaRue, C1000100 .045
   a- Brian Barton, PH0000100 .333
Adam Wainwright, P4010014 .313
    Cesar Izturis, PR0100000 .186
Brendan Ryan, SS4010013 .364
Totals3047455  
a-walked for LaRue in the 9th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (7, Oswalt), Adam Kennedy (2, Oswalt)
SF - Troy Glaus (2)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (8), Albert Pujols 2 (19), Troy Glaus (15)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,3-1) 9533263 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 126-77
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 11-9
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 33
Game Information
Attendance - 43040
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Adrian Johnson