Third baseman Daniel Descalso's first major league homer, a three-run shot in the seventh inning Tuesday, gave right-hander Fernando Salas his first major league win, 7-5 over Florida, even though Salas had allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the inning on Tuesday.
"It was a strange game in a lot of ways," said manager Tony La Russa.
The Cardinals drew eight walks from Florida pitchers, but none of those players who walked came around to score.
First baseman Albert Pujols, who is 1 for his last 18 and down to .231, endured his second nothing-for-five game of the season.
Descalso, who started his night at second base and finished it at third, had reached base all three times he had batted before his homer on an 0-1 pitch from right-hander Clay Hensley.
In a key play perhaps gone unnoticed, the seventh inning was kept alive by Colby Rasmus getting a good jump off first base on a 3-1 count to catcher Yadier Molina. Molina bounced to pitcher Ryan Webb, who intended to go to second to start what would have been an inning-ending double play. Since Rasmus was already there, though, Webb turned his attentions to Lance Berkman, who correctly had broken from third.
Berkman was run down between third and home, but the Cardinals had made only one out instead of two, clearing the way for the 24-year-old Descalso, who got his first curtain call at Busch Stadium.
"That," he said, "was pretty special. You've got to cherish those moments. They don't happen very often.'
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