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Wellemeyer keeps winning as Cards top Nats in Game 1 of DH

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WASHINGTON -- Troy Glaus got a different look at the ball during a fill-in game at first base. At the plate, everything was perfectly normal.

Glaus hit a two-run homer, and Albert Pujols added the first pinch-hit home run of his career, helping Todd Wellemeyer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Thursday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

The Cardinals won for the sixth time in eight games. The doubleheader was scheduled following a rainout Wednesday night.

Washington has lost four straight and fallen a season-low 12 games below .500.

Glaus has been an All-Star third baseman throughout his 11 seasons in the majors, with occasional stints at shortstop. But with Pujols slowed by a strained calf, Glaus played first base for the first time since he was 16.

"It's been a long time since I've been on that side of the field," Glaus said. "A ground ball is a ground ball. All in all, it was all right."

Glaus hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. It was his third home run in five games after hitting only two in the first 56 games.

Glaus has hit at least 30 home runs five times in his career and twice topped 40.

"They're fun. They're great. It's nice to get them," Glaus said. "Scoring runs and driving in runs -- that's my role in the lineup.

Pujols lobbied manager Tony La Russa for a chance to play. The Cardinals slugger wasn't scheduled to be in the lineup for the second game of the doubleheader.

"I think (La Russa) knows how competitive I am, and even when he gives me a day off, I want to be in the lineup," Pujols said. "It's a long day for me. I'm just sitting around chewing gum."

Pujols batted for Wellemeyer in the seventh, and his 15th home run of the season, off Joel Hanrahan, barely cleared the left-field wall.

Wellemeyer (7-1), who hasn't lost in seven starts since April 28, allowed five hits in six innings. He struck out five, walked one and hit a batter.

"He's a complete pitcher," La Russa said. "I think he's as consistent as anyone we're sending out there."

Ryan Franklin, the fifth Cardinals reliever, pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.

Wellemeyer, the NL pitcher of the month for May thanks to a 4-0 record and 2.19 ERA, got all the runs he needed from Glaus' fourth-inning home run off John Lannan (4-6).

St. Louis added a fourth run in the seventh after Brendan Ryan walked. He stole second and scored on a two-out double by Joe Mather.

The Nationals had runners on in each of the first eight innings but didn't score until there were two outs in the eighth. Chris Perez walked two batters and Felipe Lopez's single off Randy Flores scored Kory Casto to prevent Washington from being shut out for the ninth time this season.

The Nationals stranded 11 runners in all.

"Most of our hits and walks came with two outs. We couldn't get anything going with two outs, especially with runners in scoring position," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "I hope they don't give up on themselves because I haven't given up on them, and I'm not going to."

Notes

  • The Cardinals played without OF Rick Ankiel, who has an infected right knee. Pujols has 13 hits in his past 24 at-bats.
  • Washington picked RHP Aaron Crow from the University of Missouri with the ninth selection in the draft. St. Louis chose 3B Brett Wallace from Arizona State with the 13th pick.
 
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Albert Pujols comes through in the seventh inning, hitting his first career pinch-hit homer.  (AP)
Albert Pujols comes through in the seventh inning, hitting his first career pinch-hit homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

T. Glaus
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

T. Wellemeyer
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Ryan, 2B-3B4110110 .277
Brian Barton, LF3000112 .242
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
    Adam Kennedy, 2B1010000 .246
Joe Mather, CF-RF4011102 .250
Ryan Ludwick, RF-LF4110003 .322
Troy Glaus, 1B3112112 .265
Yadier Molina, C4020001 .300
Aaron Miles, 3B3000103 .314
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Todd Wellemeyer, P1000000 .167
   a- Albert Pujols, PH1111000 .365
    Skip Schumaker, CF1000001 .290
Cesar Izturis, SS4000001 .263
Totals3348453  
a-homered for Wellemeyer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Joe Mather (1, Hanrahan)
HR - Troy Glaus (5, Lannan), Albert Pujols (15, Hanrahan)
SH - Todd Wellemeyer (5)
RBI - Joe Mather (2), Troy Glaus 2 (36), Albert Pujols (40)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mather (2)
SB - Brendan Ryan (3, 2nd base off Hanrahan/Flores), Brian Barton (2, 2nd base off Lannan/Flores), Ryan Ludwick (4, 2nd base off Lannan/Flores)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Cesar Izturis (4, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer (W,7-1) 6500150 2.93
Ron Villone 0.2100000 3.86
Russ Springer 0.1000110 2.93
Chris Perez 0.2011200 2.08
Randy Flores (H,10) 0.1100000 4.02
Ryan Franklin (S,7) 1000000 1.98
HBP - Flores (by Todd Wellemeyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 80-54, Ron Villone 6-5, Russ Springer 11-4, Chris Perez 17-7, Randy Flores 11-7, Ryan Franklin 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 9-4, Ron Villone 1-1, Chris Perez 1-1, Randy Flores 1-0, Ryan Franklin 2-1
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 25, Ron Villone 3, Russ Springer 2, Chris Perez 4, Randy Flores 2, Ryan Franklin 3
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5020000 .301
Elijah Dukes, RF4010101 .155
Lastings Milledge, CF5010023 .245
Aaron Boone, 1B4000003 .255
Kory Casto, 3B2110202 .400
Jesus Flores, C3010012 .333
Wily Mo Pena, LF3000024 .202
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Rob Mackowiak, PH0000100 .132
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
Willie Harris, 2B2000013 .157
   b- Felipe Lopez, PH-2B2011000 .245
John Lannan, P2000001 .000
    Ryan Langerhans, LF2000002 .167
Totals3417146  
a-walked for Hanrahan in the 8th
b-lined out for Harris in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Felipe Lopez (17)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (8)
PK - Lastings Milledge (2, Wellemeyer)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Guzman-A. Boone
Washington Nationals
John Lannan (L,4-6) 6422401 3.47
Joel Hanrahan 2322121 4.06
Luis Ayala 1100010 4.45
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 97-51, Joel Hanrahan 35-21, Luis Ayala 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 10-7, Joel Hanrahan 1-3, Luis Ayala 1-1
Batters Faced - John Lannan 25, Joel Hanrahan 10, Luis Ayala 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27264
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Dana DeMuth