San Diego at St. Louis

San Diego
St. Louis
W: J. Pineiro (11-9) L: T. Stauffer (1-5)
S: R. Franklin (29)
HR: SD - A. Gonzalez (31)   STL - M. Holliday (16)

Cardinals 7, Padres 4 wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- While teammates Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are getting publicity for the Cy Young Award, Joel Pineiro is proving the Cardinals have something to offer a little deeper in the starting rotation.

Pineiro won his fifth straight decision on Saturday night, allowing three runs pitching into the seventh inning of a 7-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

"I felt good," said Pineiro, whose club is 8-0 in his last eight starts. "I threw a lot of pitches in the first inning, but after that I was able to settle down."

Pineiro (11-9) has been consistently getting the Cardinals deep into the game, going at least six innings in 11 of his last 12 starts.

"I don't think he was really happy in the first inning with some of his location, but he just got better and better," said St. Louis manager Tony La Russa. "[He] got us two outs into the seventh inning, so a well-deserved win."

Former Cardinal David Eckstein said that Pineiro has come up with a winning formula.

"What he does a great job of is locating his sinker," Eckstein said. "He's not afraid of working both sides of the plate."

Matt Holliday again was a part of the offense, hitting a two-run homer. He's batting .475 with five homers and 22 RBI in 20 games since he joined the Cardinals from Oakland.

"Obviously you got to have guys on base to get RBI," Holliday said. "You got to give credit to the guys on base. ... We're getting contributions from a lot of different guys. It's fun to play that way."

Skip Schumaker also drove in two for the Cardinals, and Albert Pujols, Mark DeRosa and Brendan Ryan had RBI. St. Louis has won seven of eight and is a season-high 14 games over .500.

Ryan Franklin, the last of five Cardinals relievers, worked a scoreless ninth for his 29th save in 31 opportunities. That ties him with the Padres' Heath Bell for the most saves in the National League.

Adrian Gonzalez had three hits, including his 31st home run, and Chase Headley drove in a pair of runs for San Diego. Kevin Kouzmanoff also had an RBI single.

The loss dropped San Diego's road record to 19-39. The Padres are 30-30 at home.

"I don't know how to answer that except we haven't played well on the road," San Diego manager Bud Black said.

Things looked promising for San Diego when Headley hit a one-out RBI single in the first, but Colby Rasmus singled off San Diego's Tim Stauffer (1-5) in the bottom half and Pujols followed with a double to the wall in right. Holliday then hit his a 431-foot homer into the bleachers in left to make it 3-1.

Gonzalez got a run back when he led off the second with a homer to left, but Schumaker gave the Cardinals a 5-2 advantage with RBI singles in the fifth and six innings.

Stauffer lasted five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts.

"He hung in there," Black said. "There were some at-bats I'm sure he'd like back. I think he'd like to have the pitch back to Holliday."

San Diego got within 5-4 in the seventh on two-out RBI singles by Headley and Kouzmanoff, but Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina got them out of the frame when he picked Will Venable off first base to end the inning.

The pickoff was Molina's seventh this year and 33rd of his career.


Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the first. He's batting .531 during the streak (17 for 32). ... St. Louis has beaten the Padres eight straight times at Busch Stadium and 10 of 11 dating to Sept. 27, 2006. ... Stauffer's seven strikeouts equaled his career high. He's hit that mark on two other occasions, the last coming July 11 at San Francisco. ... Julio Lugo had two hits and is batting .365 in 18 games with St. Louis.
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St. Louis

C. Rasmus
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
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A. Gonzalez
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R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Everth Cabrera, SS4010110 .275
David Eckstein, 2B4210113 .261
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5231001 .272
Chase Headley, LF5022011 .258
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4011002 .264
Will Venable, CF-RF3010122 .270
Kyle Blanks, RF2000001 .236
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH0000000 .339
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Rodriguez, PH1000000 .212
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
Nick Hundley, C4000001 .221
Tim Stauffer, P2010000 .273
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF2000000 .281
a-?? for G. Burke in the 7th
b-grounded out for Thatcher in the 8th
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (31, Pineiro)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (71), Chase Headley 2 (43), Kevin Kouzmanoff (68)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (22), Kevin Kouzmanoff (32)
PK - Will Venable (1, McClellan)
Team LOB - 9
E - Nick Hundley (6, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Tim Stauffer (L,1-5) 5744371 3.50
Greg Burke 1311000 4.21
Luke Gregerson 0.1322000 3.68
Joe Thatcher 0.2000100 3.34
Ryan Webb 1000000 7.36
IBB - Greene by Joe Thatcher
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 108-64, Greg Burke 26-15, Luke Gregerson 20-13, Joe Thatcher 13-6, Ryan Webb 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 6-2, Greg Burke 2-1, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Ryan Webb 3-0
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 25, Greg Burke 6, Luke Gregerson 4, Joe Thatcher 2, Ryan Webb 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4022001 .296
   a- Khalil Greene, PH0000100 .211
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Colby Rasmus, CF5130002 .259
Albert Pujols, 1B4111102 .326
Matt Holliday, LF5112014 .322
Ryan Ludwick, RF4110032 .266
Mark DeRosa, 3B4121020 .258
Yadier Molina, C3010102 .290
Julio Lugo, SS3220001 .314
    Brendan Ryan, SS1001000 .284
Joel Pineiro, P1000111 .170
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Thurston, PH-2B1000001 .229
a-was walked intentionally for Schumaker in the 7th
b-popped out for McClellan in the 7th
2B - Colby Rasmus (20, Stauffer), Albert Pujols (30, Stauffer), Ryan Ludwick (14, Gregerson), Yadier Molina (15, Gregerson), Julio Lugo (10, Stauffer)
HR - Matt Holliday (16, Stauffer)
SH - Joel Pineiro (6)
RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (30), Albert Pujols (103), Matt Holliday 2 (76), Mark DeRosa (65), Brendan Ryan (20)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (14)
CS - Yadier Molina (2, Home by Thatcher/Hundley)
Team LOB - 9
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Joel Pineiro (W,11-9) 6.2733151 3.25
Dennys Reyes0211000 4.39
Kyle McClellan (H,11) 0.1100100 2.94
Jason Motte (H,15) 0.2000000 5.95
Trever Miller (H,8) 0.1000000 1.99
Ryan Franklin (S,29) 1000100 1.17
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WP - Joel Pineiro (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 106-70, Dennys Reyes 6-4, Kyle McClellan 9-3, Jason Motte 3-2, Trever Miller 2-2, Ryan Franklin 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 13-2, Jason Motte 1-1
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 29, Dennys Reyes 2, Kyle McClellan 2, Jason Motte 2, Trever Miller 1, Ryan Franklin 4
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Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Dale Scott