ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Extra batting practice paid off in a big way
for Craig Wilson.
Wilson went 4-for-4 -- his first career four-hit game -- with two
RBIs, and rookie Josh Fogg pitched four-hit ball into the seventh
inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1
Friday night. Wilson, who entered batting .234, spent some time with hitting
instructor Dave Clark and raised his average 31 points to .265. "Clarkie told me to do a couple of things and they worked,''
Wilson said. "Clarkie really worked his magic and it was on
display.'' Fogg faced the Cardinals for the second straight outing and
fared a lot better in the rematch, allowing only J.D. Drew's eighth
home run leading off the seventh. Fogg (6-3) lasted just 4 1-3 innings last Sunday in Pittsburgh,
giving up three homers in a 7-3 loss. In his two previous starts,
Fogg allowed 11 earned runs in 10 innings. "I went out with the same mental approach as the last time I
faced these guys,'' Fogg said. "I went out, made good pitches, and
got great defense behind me.'' Cardinals starter Woody Williams (2-1) gave up three runs on 10
hits in seven innings -- his longest outing since coming off the
disabled list May 15 after being out with a pulled muscle in his
side. "It wasn't an easy game for him,'' manager Tony La Russa said.
"That's a quality start, but the other guy pitched better.'' St. Louis had won all of his previous four starts this season
and he's 9-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 16 starts with the Cardinals since
an Aug. 2, 2001, trade from San Diego.
Williams allowed three runs on three hits in six innings at
Pittsburgh in his last start, a 6-3 victory Sunday. "It's always difficult, but at the same time that's all part of
it,'' Williams said. "The last 3-to-4 years the schedule's been
like that, maybe even longer than that. The bottom line is they
beat me.'' Wilson entered 3-for-22 (.136) against the Cardinals. He singled
in the second, had an RBI single to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in
the third, singled in the sixth and hit an RBI double in the
seventh to make it 3-0. Jason Kendall, who had three hits, added a run-scoring single in
the seventh for the Pirates. Mike Williams worked the ninth for his
16th save in 17 chances. The Cardinals have lost two straight for the first time since
May 5-7, when they dropped three in a row. Despite the mini-slump,
they've won 16 of 21.
The Pirates have still won only five of their last 25 against
the Cardinals. St. Louis took two of three last week in
Cardinals CF Jim Edmonds left for a pinch-hitter in the
fourth with a sprained right wrist while sliding at the plate in
the second. Edmonds was hurt trying to score from third on Kerry
Robinson's shallow flyball to left in the second. He was listed as
day-to-day. ... Fogg has gone at least six innings in eight of his
11 starts. ... Illinois football coach Ron Turner threw out the
first pitch. ... The Pirates had 11 hits, their third straight game
in double figures. But Brian Giles was 0-for-3 with a walk and a
hit by pitch, ending a career-best 12-game hitting streak.