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Choo drives in three as Indians give Huff second win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Shin-Soo Choo got the job done again -- this time without any avian assistance.

A day after his winning hit glanced off a gull in the outfield, Choo drove in three runs for the Indians to help rookie David Huff get his second big league win in Cleveland's 7-3 win Friday night over the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I didn't see any birds out there," Choo said with a laugh. "I guess I didn't need them tonight."

Huff (2-2), making his sixth major league start, gave up a leadoff homer to Albert Pujols in the fourth and left with one out in the eighth after allowing three runs.

 Reyes out 12-18 months | Gull problem

"He pitched well," St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa said. "He moved the ball around, used three different pitches and kept us off-balance. He got ahead of us most of the time and pitched a good game."

Joel Pineiro (5-7) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He has lost seven of his last eight starts, including four straight. Both of the walks he allowed came with two outs and both runners ended up scoring.

"I want to make them earn their way on base," he said. "You don't want to give them that free pass, especially with two outs, because that's when stuff happens. That's what happened today. Two-out walks come back to haunt you."

The flocks of gulls that have been swarming Progressive Field the last two homestands were largely absent Friday night. A few flew around the ballpark's upper deck, but none landed on the field. The Indians shot off fireworks every half inning -- saving some for a scheduled postgame show.

Choo's winning single in the 10th inning against Kansas City Thursday night bounced into a group of gulls and struck one, preventing Royals center fielder Coco Crisp from attempting a throw to the plate.

On Friday night, Choo hit an RBI single in the first and added a two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Ben Francisco had a run-scoring double in the fourth for the Indians, putting Cleveland ahead for good.

Huff got his first career win in his last start on Sunday against the White Sox, allowing three runs in five innings.

Pujols hit his 20th homer of the season into the left field bleachers on the first pitch of the fourth.

"Every time I faced him I was able to attack him," Huff said. "The home run he hit was supposed to be a fastball in, but it was over the plate."

Choo's two-run single came off left-hander Dennys Reyes. Travis Hafner also drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.

Run-scoring singles by Pujols and Ryan Ludwick in the eighth off Joe Smith cut the lead to 5-3, but Victor Martinez doubled home two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Notes

  • The Indians are 11-4 against the Cardinals.
  • The Cardinals recalled RHP P.J. Walters from Triple-A Memphis before the game and optioned INF Brian Barden to the same club.
  • Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, pitched four scoreless innings in a rehab start for Double-A Akron against Portland on Friday. He is exepcted to rejoin the Indians late this month.
 
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Shin-Soo Choo (right) can take credit for this win after going 3 for 4 and raising his average to .297. (AP)
Shin-Soo Choo (right) can take credit for this win after going 3 for 4 and raising his average to .297. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

S. Choo
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Ryan, SS5110001 .300
Rick Ankiel, CF3110101 .261
Albert Pujols, 1B4122001 .321
Ryan Ludwick, RF4011001 .238
Nick Stavinoha, LF4000032 .254
Chris Duncan, DH2010210 .249
Yadier Molina, C4000005 .258
Tyler Greene, 3B3010021 .274
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH1000000 .281
Joe Thurston, 2B4010001 .245
Totals3438336  
a-grounded out for T. Greene in the 9th
Batting
HR - Albert Pujols (20, Huff)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (55), Ryan Ludwick (31)
SB - Albert Pujols (9, 3rd base off R. Perez/Shoppach), Ryan Ludwick (3, 2nd base off R. Perez/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Thurston-Pujols, Ryan-Thurston-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro (L,5-7) 6.1733260 3.99
Jason Motte 0.1011100 4.88
Dennys Reyes0111100 5.40
Kyle McClellan 0.2222210 3.30
Blake Hawksworth 0.2100100 9.82
IBB - Choo by Blake Hawksworth
HBP - Shoppach (by Kyle McClellan)
WP - Joel Pineiro (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 106-68, Jason Motte 5-1, Dennys Reyes 9-3, Kyle McClellan 37-18, Blake Hawksworth 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 7-5, Jason Motte 1-0, Blake Hawksworth 1-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 27, Jason Motte 2, Dennys Reyes 2, Kyle McClellan 7, Blake Hawksworth 3
Cleveland Indians
Jamey Carroll, 2B4220110 .328
Mark DeRosa, 3B5120000 .277
Victor Martinez, 1B3212212 .339
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4033100 .297
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000103 .252
Travis Hafner, DH2111200 .263
Ben Francisco, CF-LF4011024 .249
Ryan Garko, LF3010001 .259
    Trevor Crowe, PR-CF1000010 .182
Kelly Shoppach, C2100020 .200
Totals32711777  
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (17, Hawksworth), Ben Francisco (13, Pineiro), Ryan Garko (5, Pineiro)
SH - Kelly Shoppach (2)
RBI - Victor Martinez 2 (44), Shin-Soo Choo 3 (38), Travis Hafner (10), Ben Francisco (23)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 3 (15), Travis Hafner (3), Ben Francisco (13)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Peralta-Martinez
Cleveland Indians
David Huff (W,2-2) 7.1633251 7.39
Joe Smith (H,3) 0.1200010 5.87
Rafael Perez (H,6) 0.1000100 11.02
Kerry Wood 1000000 4.84
Pitches-Strikes - David Huff 112-74, Joe Smith 12-8, Rafael Perez 9-4, Kerry Wood 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Huff 5-11, Kerry Wood 2-1
Batters Faced - David Huff 29, Joe Smith 3, Rafael Perez 2, Kerry Wood 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28159
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg