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St. Louis at Pittsburgh

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St. Louis (53-43) «00040141111150
Pittsburgh (44-50)1000320006121

Cardinals 11, Pirates 6

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PITTSBURGH -- The St. Louis Cardinals rediscovered their offense, and a worked-over Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff will have trouble forgetting this weekend.

Aaron Miles drove in five runs with a home run and a triple and the Cardinals held off a Pittsburgh comeback this time, beating the Pirates 11-6 Sunday.

Miles got three hits and is batting .335 (64-for-191) in 46 games as a starter. His three-run homer off Ian Snell in the fourth inning -- only his second of the season -- came on an inside pitch that was nearly shoulder-high and put St. Louis up 4-1.

After Pittsburgh rallied for the second day in a row and took a 6-5 lead on Chris Gomez's two-run double in the sixth, Miles finished St. Louis' four-run, go-ahead seventh with a two-run triple.

Ryan Ludwick added his 21st homer, a solo shot in the eighth that was his third in as many games. Troy Glaus completed a 10-for-13 weekend with a home run, one of the Cardinals' 15 hits.

"It's called hot," manager Tony La Russa said. "We knew he could get hot, but that was scalding."

Franquelis Osoria (3-3), brought in to protect the Pirates' one-run lead in the seventh, allowed five of the six batters he faced to reach base. Osoria hit Albert Pujols with a pitch after Ludwick singled. Glaus doubled in a run and Chris Duncan had an RBI single that put St. Louis up 7-6.

"It was a good weekend for us, we put a lot of hits together and scored a lot of runs," Glaus said. "From the offense's perspective, it was a pretty good series."

From the Pirates' pitching perspective, it was terrible.

The Cardinals scored 28 runs and had 50 hits while winning two of three in the series -- after being held to two runs or fewer in six of their previous seven. They could have swept their final series before the All-Star break, but couldn't hold leads of 9-3 and 10-4 while losing 12-11 in 10 innings Saturday night despite getting a season-high 22 hits.

The Cardinals bullpen didn't let that happen again, even after starter Joel Pineiro -- previously 4-0 against the Pirates -- gave up 10 hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Jason Bay had a tying two-run single in the fifth, giving him seven RBI in two games, but Russ Springer (2-0), Kyle McClellan and Ryan Franklin combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Springer retired the only batter he faced for the victory, and McClellan pitched two shutout innings.

The night before, Cardinals relievers gave up eight runs over the final four innings.

"It was important we put that game last night behind us," La Russa said. "We came out and showed everybody, look, you beat us last night and we're going to try to beat you today."

St. Louis is 53-43 at the break, the NL's second-best record. The Cardinals trail Chicago by 4½ games in the NL Central.

"It's good to go into the break with a lot of guys swinging the bat well and feeling good," Miles said.

The Pirates, six games under at the break, unexpectedly have one of the NL's best offenses, but the pitching staff has been much worse than expected with a 5.13 ERA -- more than a run per game higher than St. Louis' 4.08. Pittsburgh's bullpen gave up 12 runs in the series.

"We've kind of been limping for about 10 days now," manager John Russell said. "The bullpen has been overused. Guys are giving what they have but they don't have a lot left in the tank -- and they've been used a lot."

Snell had another rough outing against the Cardinals, giving up five hits and four runs in five innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a sore elbow. He has a 9.00 ERA in four starts against them this season.

"They came out really aggressive from the start," said Snell, who has won only once since April 12. "That one pitch (to Miles) really got me. I didn't realize he had that much power."

Notes

Glaus, Duncan and Miles all had three hits. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Cardinals hadn't had as many hits as they did Saturday and lost since they had 23 in a 19-15, 10-inning defeat to the Reds on July 1, 1956. ... Cardinals rookie LHP Jaime Garcia, who made his major league debut as a reliever Friday, is scheduled to start Sunday vs. San Diego. ... Miles' five RBI were the most by a Cardinals player this season. His career high is six RBI, in 2004 against Arizona. ... After the game, the Pirates optioned RHP Romulo Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

C. Gomez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

A. Miles
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, CF6020004 .293
Ryan Ludwick, LF5221022 .289
Albert Pujols, 1B4100002 .350
Troy Glaus, 3B4332101 .276
Chris Duncan, RF5232012 .255
    Joe Mather, PR-RF0000000 .227
Yadier Molina, C4210112 .312
Aaron Miles, 2B5135000 .317
Joel Pineiro, P2000122 .036
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   a- Rick Ankiel, PH1000001 .270
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Adam Kennedy, PH1010000 .280
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Cesar Izturis, SS5001024 .236
Totals4211151138  
a-flied out for Springer in the 7th
b-singled for McClellan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Troy Glaus 2 (23, Snell, Osoria), Chris Duncan (8, Snell)
3B - Aaron Miles (1, Osoria)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (21, Beam), Troy Glaus (15, Yates), Aaron Miles (2, Snell)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (65), Troy Glaus 2 (59), Chris Duncan 2 (26), Aaron Miles 5 (18), Cesar Izturis (13)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (25), Chris Duncan (8), Aaron Miles 3 (8)
SB - Cesar Izturis (8, 2nd base off Burnett/Doumit)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Miles-Izturis-Pujols, Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro 5.21066320 4.52
Russ Springer (W,2-0) 0.1000000 2.17
Kyle McClellan (H,20) 2100000 2.94
Ryan Franklin 1100010 3.43
HBP - Doumit (by Joel Pineiro)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 108-69, Russ Springer 3-2, Kyle McClellan 16-11, Ryan Franklin 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 9-5, Kyle McClellan 1-4
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 30, Russ Springer 1, Kyle McClellan 6, Ryan Franklin 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF4100103 .281
Chris Gomez, 2B5122001 .311
Ryan Doumit, C3121110 .329
Jason Bay, LF5012025 .287
Xavier Nady, RF5031001 .321
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3000103 .260
Jose Bautista, 3B4000004 .257
Ian Snell, P1000000 .143
   a- Freddy Sanchez, PH1110000 .226
    Sean Burnett, P1110000 .333
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .400
    T.J. Beam, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Rivas, PH1000000 .250
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
Jack Wilson, SS4120001 .304
Totals37612633  
a-singled for Snell in the 5th
b-flied out for Beam in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Gomez (5, Pineiro), Ryan Doumit (16, Pineiro), Sean Burnett (1, Pineiro)
RBI - Chris Gomez 2 (15), Ryan Doumit (29), Jason Bay 2 (53), Xavier Nady (56)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Gomez 2 (11), Ryan Doumit (11), Jason Bay 2 (22), Xavier Nady (23)
SB - Nate McLouth (11, 2nd base off Pineiro/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Xavier Nady 1
DP - Nady-Doumit
E - Chris Gomez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell 5544361 5.92
Sean Burnett 1110010 4.70
Franquelis Osoria (L,3-3) 0.1444000 6.58
T.J. Beam 1.2111001 7.24
Tyler Yates 1411011 3.97
HBP - Pujols (by Franquelis Osoria)
WP - Ian Snell (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 90-64, Sean Burnett 20-15, Franquelis Osoria 19-11, T.J. Beam 19-12, Tyler Yates 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 4-5, Sean Burnett 3-0, Franquelis Osoria 1-0, T.J. Beam 2-2
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 23, Sean Burnett 5, Franquelis Osoria 6, T.J. Beam 5, Tyler Yates 7
Game Information
Attendance - 21052
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Angel Hernandez