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Cardinals 11, Pirates 2

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ST. LOUIS -- Todd Wellemeyer had to work harder than usual to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third time this season.

"They know me pretty well, I think that's why they were battling me," Wellemeyer said after laboring through five innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 11-2 victory on Wednesday night. "There was no inning when I wasn't out of the stretch."

Rick Ankiel and Jason LaRue hit two-run home runs to pace a 13-hit attack. Skip Schumaker had three hits and Wellemeyer (11-4) won his fourth straight decision and added an RBI single for St. Louis, which won for only the fourth time in its last 12 games at home.

The Cardinals are an NL-best 37-29 on the road and 34-29 at home after splitting a two-game series with the Pirates. They totaled only six hits in a 4-1 loss on Tuesday.

"It shows you we can do it, a lot of good at-bats up and down the lineup," manager Tony La Russa said. "Todd was working real hard, so that's a nice cushion to give him. It was not an easy game for him."

Ryan Doumit had three hits for the second straight game including his 13th homer for Pittsburgh, but Jason Davis (1-3) failed to make it out of the fourth coming off two straight effective starts.

"I don't want this to happen again," Davis said. "I need to eat innings, and I didn't do that. If you just chalk it up, a domino effect can happen."

Doumit is hitting .538 (14-for-26) with five RBI against the Cardinals and leads NL catchers with a .333 average.

"Who cares?" Doumit said. "It has nothing to do with the game. It doesn't matter how good anybody did at the plate."

Ankiel, who has moved from center field to left field the last eight games to protect an abdominal strain, got to trot around the bases after hitting a 2-2 pitch over the fence in the third to put the Cardinals ahead 5-2. Schumaker had three singles, an RBI and scored twice from the leadoff slot and is batting 14-for-30 (.467) during a seven-game hitting streak.

LaRue, a late lineup addition at catcher when Yadier Molina was scratched with a bruised left foot, added a two-run homer in the seventh off Craig Hansen and was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Albert Pujols was 2-for-5 with two RBI.

The three-homer outburst came one day after the first game without a long ball at Busch Stadium since May 14, also against the Pirates, a stretch of 38 games.

The only damage against Wellemeyer in a 95-pitch stint was Doumit's homer, although the Pirates had runners in scoring position in every inning. He's 3-0 with a 3.45 ERA against Pittsburgh this year, all the victories coming at home, and is 4-1 with a 3.42 ERA against the Pirates during his career.

Wellemeyer drove in his fourth run of the season with an opposite-field RBI single just inside the first-base line in the second. It should have been an easy double but it rained much of the game and Wellemeyer slipped on the bag and fell rounding first.

"There were a few things going through my mind: 'Can I go to second? I actually hit the ball,"' Wellemeyer said. "When I was in the process of going down it was kind of a slow-motion effect, and I'm just glad I got back to first."

First baseman Adam LaRoche's fielding error on a grounder by Adam Kennedy led to two unearned runs in the Cardinals' three-run fourth that made it 8-2.

Notes

Pirates CF Nate McLouth missed his second straight start due to flu-like symptoms. ... Wellemeyer is 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last six starts and 4-0 in his last eight outings dating to July 19. ... Molina said a foul ball hit his foot while he was catching. The Cardinals have a day off Thursday and Molina expects to be back in the lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Braves. ... Pujols has 43 multihit games, fourth most in the NL.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, CF3110200 .143
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5000002 .249
Ryan Doumit, C4132001 .333
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000123 .265
Jason Michaels, RF4020003 .236
Brandon Moss, LF4020021 .259
Andy LaRoche, 3B3000102 .183
Jack Wilson, SS4000003 .279
Jason Davis, P2000021 .000
    Romulo Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   a- Luis Rivas, PH1000000 .220
    Craig Hansen, P0000000 .000
   b- Steve Pearce, PH1000000 .224
Totals3428246  
a-grounded out for R. Sanchez in the 7th
b-flied out for Hansen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nyjer Morgan (3, Wellemeyer), Ryan Doumit (28, Wellemeyer), Brandon Moss (9, Wellemeyer)
HR - Ryan Doumit (13, Wellemeyer)
RBI - Ryan Doumit 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit 2 (16)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-J. Wilson-Davis, R. Sanchez-J. Wilson-LaRoche, LaRoche-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
E - Adam LaRoche (6, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jason Davis (L,1-3) 3.2986311 3.80
Romulo Sanchez 2.1100000 3.52
Craig Hansen 2333211 5.49
HBP - Barton (by Romulo Sanchez)
WP - Jason Davis 2 (3), Craig Hansen (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Davis 82-47, Romulo Sanchez 20-12, Craig Hansen 44-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Davis 5-5, Romulo Sanchez 4-1, Craig Hansen 4-1
Batters Faced - Jason Davis 23, Romulo Sanchez 7, Craig Hansen 11
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, CF4331100 .310
Ryan Ludwick, RF4121001 .306
Albert Pujols, 1B5022002 .348
    Joe Mather, PR-1B0000000 .250
Rick Ankiel, LF4112102 .275
Troy Glaus, 3B2211210 .274
    Cesar Izturis, SS1000001 .249
Felipe Lopez, SS-3B4110014 .244
Jason LaRue, C3223000 .231
Todd Wellemeyer, P1011000 .159
   a- Brian Barton, PH0000000 .248
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Jaime Garcia, P0000100 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
Adam Kennedy, 2B4100003 .277
Totals3211131152  
a-hit by pitch for Wellemeyer in the 5th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (29, Davis), Albert Pujols (31, Hansen), Jason LaRue (6, Davis)
HR - Rick Ankiel (24, Davis), Jason LaRue (4, Hansen)
SF - Ryan Ludwick (7), Jason LaRue (2)
SH - Todd Wellemeyer (10)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (42), Ryan Ludwick (94), Albert Pujols 2 (79), Rick Ankiel 2 (65), Troy Glaus (82), Jason LaRue 3 (18), Todd Wellemeyer (4)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus (35), Jason LaRue 2 (14)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Pujols
PB - Jason LaRue (2)
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer (W,11-4) 5522251 3.79
Russ Springer 1100010 2.01
Jaime Garcia 1.1200200 4.20
Ryan Franklin 0.2000000 3.52
Chris Perez 1000000 3.23
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 95-65, Russ Springer 11-9, Jaime Garcia 34-15, Chris Perez 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 4-6, Jaime Garcia 3-1, Ryan Franklin 1-0, Chris Perez 1-2
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 22, Russ Springer 4, Jaime Garcia 8, Ryan Franklin 1, Chris Perez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37269
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Sam Holbrook