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Balanced effort helps Cardinals double up Tigers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The St. Louis Cardinals got hits from eight players and RBI from five.

Not bad for a lineup missing Albert Pujols.

Brian Barton, Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan each drove in two runs, leading St. Louis to an 8-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

"We're stronger with Albert, no doubt, but we're showing we're pretty good without him," Barton said. "It's really exciting to think about what our team is going to be like with him back, along with some of our pitchers that are out right now."

Pujols, who is on the disabled list with a strained left calf, said he didn't know if he would be activated from the disabled list when he's eligible Thursday.

Then, the superstar walked onto the field and hit ropes in batting practice.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said the decision will be made after Pujols goes through more workouts in Detroit, adding there's a chance he will play in the series finale against the Tigers.

Braden Looper (9-5) gave up four runs on three homers in six-plus innings and was disappointed his outing ended abruptly after a strong start.

"I felt like I was pitching as well as I have this year, especially against that lineup," Looper said.

Kenny Rogers (5-5) was roughed up for five runs in 5 1/3 innings, giving up one more earned run than he had in his previous five starts.

"I wasn't unhappy until the sixth," he said.

St. Louis, which had lost four of six, broke the game open with three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to go ahead 8-2 after Barton tied the game with a solo homer in the fifth.

Schumaker, pinch-hitting for Barton in the sixth, hit a two-run single and Ryan padded the lead with a two-run double in the seventh.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland wasn't surprised the Cardinals played well without Pujols.

"This team's played well all year long," Leyland said.

In his first game off the disabled list, Gary Sheffield hit a two-run shot to left field in the seventh inning to pull the Tigers within four runs and end Looper's night.

"Hopefully, we can get him on a roll," Leyland said.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer in the fourth inning that appeared to hit the yellow strip along the right-field wall, bringing La Russa out of the dugout to argue. La Russa said the umpiring crew told him the ball hit the railing after caroming off the yellow line.

Regardless of the ruling, Looper was impressed that Cabrera drove his down-and-away pitch.

"It was incredible that he hit the ball the way he did," Looper said.

Ivan Rodriguez also hit a home run for the Tigers, who had won 12 of the previous 15 games to be the hottest team in the majors since June 7.

"The game flow was terrible for us," Leyland said. "We just didn't seem to be comfortable."

St. Louis won in Detroit during the regular season for the first time since July 14, 2001. The Cardinals were swept by the Tigers in the previous two interleague matchups.

"It's great to get a win anywhere," La Russa said. "But this has been a tough place for us to play."

Notes

  • Cardinals LHP Mark Mulder (left shoulder surgery) is scheduled to be evaluated Wednesday in Detroit after being scratched from an injury rehabilitation start on Monday night with Triple-A Memphis.
  • Leyland chatted up one of his best friends, La Russa, and two of La Russa's guests, Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, during batting practice.
  • The Cardinals sent RHP Chris Perez back to the team hotel because of flu-like symptoms.
  • St. Louis' Adam Kennedy played 1B for the first time in his career, which started in 1999, and he had to borrow a glove for the night.
  • Mickey Lolich threw a ceremonial first pitch to Bill Freehan, capping festivities that honored the Tigers' 1968 championship team that beat St. Louis.
  • The game drew 44,446 fans, the third-largest crowd in Comerica Park history.
  • Detroit's Curtis Granderson extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • Rogers picked off his 93rd runner, adding to his record total.
  • Looper had a scare when his twisted his left knee trying to cover first.
 
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Rule V pick Brian Barton gets one of his two RBI on his fifth-inning solo shot.  (US Presswire)
Rule V pick Brian Barton gets one of his two RBI on his fifth-inning solo shot. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

B. Looper
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 4
BB 1
K 3
Detroit

G. Sheffield
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Brian Barton, LF3122000 .257
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH-LF2012001 .300
Aaron Miles, 2B3010101 .313
Ryan Ludwick, RF4000115 .292
Troy Glaus, 3B4000101 .256
Rick Ankiel, CF4110113 .251
Yadier Molina, C5230000 .297
Nick Stavinoha, DH5221002 .273
Adam Kennedy, 1B4111023 .268
Brendan Ryan, SS4132000 .302
Totals38814844  
a-singled for Barton in the 6th
Batting
2B - Brian Barton (7, Rogers), Aaron Miles (6, Rogers), Yadier Molina (9, Rogers), Brendan Ryan (7, Fossum)
HR - Brian Barton (2, Rogers)
SH - Aaron Miles (3)
RBI - Brian Barton 2 (11), Skip Schumaker 2 (29), Nick Stavinoha (1), Adam Kennedy (19), Brendan Ryan 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Barton (5), Brendan Ryan 2 (5)
SB - Aaron Miles (1, 2nd base off Dolsi/Rodriguez)
PK - Rick Ankiel (1, Rogers)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Miles-Kennedy, Ryan-Miles-Kennedy
St. Louis Cardinals
Braden Looper (W,9-5) 6744133 4.22
Russ Springer 1000000 2.28
Kyle McClellan 1100010 2.45
Ryan Franklin 1100100 2.78
WP - Braden Looper (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 95-66, Russ Springer 12-8, Kyle McClellan 12-8, Ryan Franklin 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 8-6, Russ Springer 2-1, Kyle McClellan 1-0, Ryan Franklin 2-1
Batters Faced - Braden Looper 25, Russ Springer 3, Kyle McClellan 3, Ryan Franklin 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4010000 .265
Placido Polanco, 2B4020001 .314
Carlos Guillen, 3B4000012 .296
Magglio Ordonez, RF3010101 .303
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4111003 .275
Marcus Thames, LF3110110 .263
Gary Sheffield, DH4112011 .214
Edgar Renteria, SS4010010 .265
Ivan Rodriguez, C4111002 .275
Totals3449424  
Batting
2B - Marcus Thames (6, Looper)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (11, Looper), Gary Sheffield (4, Looper), Ivan Rodriguez (3, Looper)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (44), Gary Sheffield 2 (14), Ivan Rodriguez (24)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (14), Ivan Rodriguez (7)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Cabrera, Renteria-Polanco-Cabrera
E - Edgar Renteria (6, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (L,5-5) 5.1955321 4.60
Freddy Dolsi 1433000 3.86
Casey Fossum 1.2100120 15.43
Fernando Rodney 1000000 33.75
WP - Casey Fossum (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 98-57, Freddy Dolsi 22-15, Casey Fossum 26-16, Fernando Rodney 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 9-4, Freddy Dolsi 1-2, Casey Fossum 2-0, Fernando Rodney 1-2
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 27, Freddy Dolsi 7, Casey Fossum 6, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44446
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Kerwin Danley