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Ankiel single shy of cycle as Cardinals snap five-game slide wire reports

MIAMI -- The St. Louis Cardinals broke out of their scoring drought in a big way.

Rick Ankiel finished a single shy of the cycle and Colby Rasmus also homered as the Cardinals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 13-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday.

The Cardinals scored their season high in runs on 18 hits. It was the most runs scored by St. Louis since Aug. 18, 2008, at Atlanta in an 18-3 win. The Cardinals totaled only 12 runs during their losing skid.

"A lot of good swings," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "We had some two-strike base hits. This is stuff the guys have been working hard on and hopefully we can build on."

Brendan Ryan went a career-best 4 for 4, all singles, scored twice and drove in a run, while Tyler Greene had a career-high three hits.

"It was big for our offense, we've been struggling," Ankiel said. "To come out there and keep it going the whole game. It wasn't just one inning. Every inning we came out there and pounded it out, a knock here and there, and scored a bunch of runs."

Adam Wainwright (6-4) allowed four runs and four hits over seven innings to break a personal two-game losing streak.

"It was a big win that we needed today," Wainwright said. "I kept us in it. It wasn't my sharpest day but seven innings kept the bullpen out of it. My team gave me a lead and the main focus for me was holding that lead."

Chris Volstad (4-6) allowed six runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in losing his third consecutive start.

"It just wasn't a good night for me. I was getting ahead of guys and couldn't finish them off," Volstad said. "Balls were up in the zone and not really moving a whole lot. Just one of those nights. Inconsistency."

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the first when Chris Duncan doubled with one out, Albert Pujols walked and Rasmus hit the first pitch from Volstad over the wall in right field. Rasmus, a 22-year-old rookie, was batting clean up for the second straight game. Fifteen of Rasmus's last 18 hits have been for extra bases.

The Marlins got one run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Hanley Ramirez.

St. Louis made it 4-1 in the second on Skip Schumaker's RBI double, a run Florida got back in the third on Jorge Cantu's run-scoring single.

Greene drove in a run in the fourth with a single. Jeremy Hermida drove in his first run for the Marlins in the fifth with a single.

Ankiel led off the sixth with a triple and Yadier Molina followed with a single to make it 6-3.

Trailing 6-3, the Marlins loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth but Wainwright struck out Ramirez looking.

"That was a huge punchout," La Russa said. "The game could have changed dramatically if Ramirez gets a hit there. He [Wainwright] really rose to the occasion."

Hermida, who hit a walkoff homer in the ninth for the Marlins on Tuesday, made it 6-4 in the seventh with a solo homer off Wainwright.

St. Louis broke it open with four runs in the eighth off reliever Cristhian Martinez and Ankiel hit a two-run homer off reliever Burke Badenhop in the ninth.

"We banged with them for six, seven innings and then the last two innings they just got ahead of us," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's a good club over there."

Pujols, mired in an 0 for 15 slump and hitless in his last four games, singled in the third and finished 1 for 4.


  • Cantu left the game in the top of the seventh because of dizziness.
  • The gash above Marlins C John Baker left eye when he struck by Pujols' backswing on Tuesday took six stitches to close. He is day to day and available only in an emergency.
  • Cardinals utility player Joe Thurston is with his wife, Raquel, in California for the birth of their daughter. He was expected to be back Thursday.
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Rick Ankiel helps St. Louis score a season-high 13 runs and stop a five-game losing streak in the process. (AP)
Rick Ankiel helps St. Louis score a season-high 13 runs and stop a five-game losing streak in the process. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

R. Ankiel
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1

J. Hermida
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B-LF6012003 .285
Chris Duncan, LF4110001 .249
    Brian Barden, 3B1011000 .242
Albert Pujols, 1B4110101 .319
Colby Rasmus, CF5223001 .269
Rick Ankiel, RF5332001 .246
Yadier Molina, C4221101 .264
Tyler Greene, 3B-2B5130001 .291
Adam Wainwright, P2000001 .143
   a- Ryan Ludwick, PH1101000 .231
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Stavinoha, PH1000000 .250
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
Brendan Ryan, SS5241000 .318
a-hit into fielder's choice for Wainwright in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Perez in the 9th
2B - Skip Schumaker (11, Volstad), Chris Duncan (14, Volstad), Rick Ankiel (12, Cr. Martinez), Tyler Greene (4, Volstad)
3B - Rick Ankiel (1, Volstad)
HR - Colby Rasmus (7, Volstad), Rick Ankiel (4, Badenhop)
SH - Adam Wainwright (5)
RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (18), Brian Barden (10), Colby Rasmus 3 (23), Rick Ankiel 2 (17), Yadier Molina (19), Ryan Ludwick (29), Brendan Ryan (6)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (9), Brian Barden (2)
SB - Albert Pujols (8, 2nd base off Volstad/Paulino), Brendan Ryan (6, 2nd base off Volstad/Paulino)
CS - Brendan Ryan (3, 2nd base by Volstad/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,6-4) 71144341 3.49
Chris Perez 1000130 3.48
Dennys Reyes 1000000 4.96
WP - Adam Wainwright 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 121-75, Chris Perez 26-16, Dennys Reyes 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 11-5
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 34, Chris Perez 4, Dennys Reyes 3
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4120111 .237
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4110112 .247
Hanley Ramirez, SS5111025 .323
Jorge Cantu, 1B3021001 .280
    Ross Gload, 1B2000000 .270
Jeremy Hermida, RF5132001 .269
Dan Uggla, 2B4000004 .217
Cody Ross, CF4010000 .254
Ronny Paulino, C3010110 .253
Chris Volstad, P2000011 .077
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   a- Alejandro De Aza, PH1000011 .267
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brett Carroll, PH0000100 .270
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Sanches in the 6th
b-walked for Cr. Martinez in the 8th
2B - Cody Ross (15, Wainwright)
HR - Jeremy Hermida (7, Wainwright)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (28), Jorge Cantu (43), Jeremy Hermida 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (16), Jeremy Hermida (11)
Team LOB - 10
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Gload
E - Cristhian Martinez (1, Throwing), Dan Uggla (6, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (L,4-6) 5.21066101 4.07
Brian Sanches 0.1000000 0.00
Cristhian Martinez 2444100 8.10
Burke Badenhop 1432001 4.28
WP - Brian Sanches (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 96-62, Brian Sanches 5-3, Cristhian Martinez 37-22, Burke Badenhop 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 8-8, Brian Sanches 1-0, Cristhian Martinez 6-0, Burke Badenhop 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 27, Brian Sanches 1, Cristhian Martinez 11, Burke Badenhop 7
Game Information
Attendance - 14624
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Adrian Johnson