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Cardinals explode in second inning, roll past Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- St. Louis scored more runs than the Los Angeles Angels had allowed in their previous six games combined, and the Cardinals' table-setters were responsible for driving in half of them.

Jon Jay had three RBI, including a two-run homer off center fielder Mike Trout's glove during St. Louis' seven-run second inning, and the Cardinals ended Los Angeles' seven-game winning streak with a 12-2 rout on Wednesday night.

Matt Carpenter, batting leadoff in front of Jay, also had a home run and three RBI to help keep the Cardinals two games behind Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

"Matt Carpenter sets the tone for us, and he had a terrific game," manager Mike Matheny said. "He put together good at-bats and he doesn't give any away. It was also nice to see John Jay have some real nice at-bats. We need to get him going, and today was a real good indicator that he's on the right path. He's been making some adjustments that are allowing him to have good at-bats, and it worked out for him today."

Shelby Miller (9-6) struck out six over six innings and allowed five hits, including a two-run homer by Hank Conger in the second. The right-hander was coming off back-to-back losses against two other AL West clubs, including a 6-1 defeat last Friday at Oakland in which he lasted only 1 2-3 innings and gave up five runs.

"I wouldn't say I was any fresher tonight. I mean, I threw 51 pitches in the second inning at Oakland and that's going to wear your arm down more so than going eight innings and throwing 100 pitches," Miller said. "But I felt strong, so I basically wanted to try to go deep in the ballgame. My pitch [count] rose up again, but I got some big plays behind me.

"The biggest thing was just trying to get the ball down and hit the corners," Miller added. "I felt like I was on the corners -- not the whole game, but more so than I had been. My fastball command was better and I felt like my curve ball was sharper. I just made that one mistake to Conger where I did that slide-step and tried to fool him with the curve, but I just hung it and left it right over the middle of the plate."

Jerome Williams (5-4) was charged with seven runs, four hits and four walks in only 1 2/3 innings. The right-hander had not given up more than three bases on balls in any of his previous 17 starts.

"After winning that many in a row, you almost always think you're due for a butt-kicking," Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton said. "You'd rather lose one like this than a really close one, but you've got to put it behind you."

One night after the Angels scored all of their runs in the second inning of a series-opening 5-1 victory, the Cardinals sent 12 men to the plate in the second after Williams had set them down 1-2-3 in the first.

The seven-run rally included a two-run double by David Descalso, and a two-run homer by Jay that Trout had in his glove for an instant before it popped out as his arm made contact with the top of the fence.

"The hardest play to make is when you get there at the same time as the ball," Hamilton said. "You're moving pretty good when you get there and don't have time to really have a chance to time anything."

Yadier Molina, who raised his NL-leading average to .352 after going 3 for 4 with a walk, greeted Garrett Richards with an RBI single that delivered the seventh run.

The Angels got two runs back in the bottom half on Conger's fifth homer after a two-out walk to Alberto Callaspo. But David Freese scored an unearned run in the Cardinals' third when Richards mishandled a throw from first baseman Mark Trumbo on Carpenter's two-out grounder behind the bag.

St. Louis increased the margin to 10-2 in the fifth on a run-scoring, ground-rule double by Carpenter and an RBI single by Jay, who had driven in only one run in his previous 35 at-bats coming in. It was only his second game this season with three or more RBI, the other on May 4 when he had four at Milwaukee.

Carpenter ended the scoring in the eighth with his eighth home run, a solo shot off Billy Buckner.

Notes

  • Matheny caught Williams when they were teammates in San Francisco during the 2005 season.
  • St. Louis LF Matt Holliday didn't play for the second successive night because of a pinched nerve in his neck.
  • Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was named the NL pitcher of the month for June after going 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA in six starts, including a pair of complete-game 7-1 victories over San Francisco and Oakland. He is the only one on the staff this season to average at least seven innings per outing.
  • Molina was back in the fifth spot in the batting order, after hitting in the 2 hole the previous six games and going 7 for 25 with a home run and three RBI.
  • Cardinals LF Allen Craig drew three walks in the first four innings, matching the total he had in 116 plate appearances over his previous 28 games. He has 18 this season in 338 plate appearances.
  • Wednesday was the fourth anniversary of Albert Pujols' 10th career grand slam with the Cardinals, which broke Stan Musial's franchise record.
  • Jay's only other interleague home run came on June 30, 2011, at Baltimore against Brian Matusz.
  • The Angels have committed 61 errors, the second-most in the AL. The Cardinals have made 34, the fewest in the NL.
  • Howie Kendrick's 102 hits are the most by an Angels second baseman before the All-Star break.
 
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Mike Trout gets a glove on Jon Jay's drive, but can't prevent it from going over the fence for a two-run home run.  (USATSI)
Mike Trout gets a glove on Jon Jay's drive, but can't prevent it from going over the fence for a two-run home run. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Carpenter
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

J. Jay
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B6333000 .324
Jon Jay, CF6123010 .243
Carlos Beltran, RF3100111 .304
Allen Craig, LF1110200 .323
    Ty Wigginton, PH-LF1000011 .161
Yadier Molina, C4131101 .352
Matt Adams, 1B4111105 .311
David Freese, DH3111101 .282
    Tony Cruz, PH-DH-C1000002 .147
Daniel Descalso, 3B4222002 .273
Pete Kozma, SS5000013 .236
Totals3812131174  
a-struck out for Craig in the 8th
b-lined out for Freese in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (25, Roth), Daniel Descalso (13, Williams)
HR - Matt Carpenter (8, Buckner), Jon Jay (5, Williams)
RBI - Matt Carpenter 3 (35), Jon Jay 3 (36), Yadier Molina (45), Matt Adams (21), David Freese (29), Daniel Descalso 2 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter 3 (19), Jon Jay 3 (17), Yadier Molina (13)
CS - Matt Carpenter (3, 2nd base by Richards/Conger), David Freese (1, 3rd base by Roth/Conger)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kozma-M. Carpenter-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller (W,9-6) 6522261 2.80
Kevin Siegrist 1000020 0.00
Keith Butler 1.2100000 2.08
Randy Choate 0.1000000 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 102-70, Kevin Siegrist 15-9, Keith Butler 19-12, Randy Choate 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 2-9, Kevin Siegrist 1-0, Keith Butler 1-4, Randy Choate 1-0
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 24, Kevin Siegrist 3, Keith Butler 6, Randy Choate 1
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF4010000 .292
Mike Trout, CF3020001 .315
    Brendan Harris, SS1000000 .212
Albert Pujols, DH4000013 .244
Josh Hamilton, RF2010111 .225
    Collin Cowgill, CF1000000 .177
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000023 .319
Mark Trumbo, 1B4010001 .251
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3100111 .265
Hank Conger, C3112010 .267
Erick Aybar, SS2000010 .282
    Brad Hawpe, RF1000010 .222
Totals3226228  
Batting
2B - Mark Trumbo (17, Butler)
HR - Hank Conger (5, Miller)
RBI - Hank Conger 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Hank Conger 2 (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Trumbo
E - Garrett Richards (1, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jerome Williams (L,5-4) 1.2477421 3.89
Garrett Richards 2310100 5.12
Michael Roth 1222100 9.60
Billy Buckner 4.1422121 3.45
WP - Michael Roth (2)
HBP - Craig (by Garrett Richards), Descalso (by Michael Roth)
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 55-32, Garrett Richards 40-25, Michael Roth 26-12, Billy Buckner 71-46
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 3-0, Garrett Richards 4-1, Michael Roth 1-1, Billy Buckner 2-9
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 13, Garrett Richards 10, Michael Roth 6, Billy Buckner 18
Game Information
Attendance - 35025
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Adam Hamari, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Todd Tichenor