ST. LOUIS (AP) -- In one inning, Scott Rolen went from frustrated
Rolen hit a go-ahead, three-run double and a two-run single in a
10-run eighth inning, driving in a career-high six runs to lead the
St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5 Tuesday night.
"That felt like a pretty good month, that inning," Rolen said.
"I'm happy about driving in six runs and I felt they were big
runs, the first four anyway."
Rolen made up for a popup with runners on first and third in the
sixth, an inning in which the Cardinals were held to one run.
"I let one get away and not very often do you get a chance to
come up and try to get back and drive that guy in," Rolen said.
"And I got two more chances."
"I've seen some crazy things, and I know you guys have, too,"
Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall said. "It's definitely not over
till it's over. You can only do one thing and that's put it behind
you and go get them tomorrow."
Albert Pujols, who leads the major leagues with a .371 average
and has a 30-game hitting streak, started serving a two-game
suspension for punching Gary Bennett of the Padres on July 13.
Pujols, who dropped his appeal, had flu-like symptoms for the third
straight day and wasn't at the ballpark.
St. Louis, which stopped a three-game losing streak, had its
biggest inning since scoring 10 in the seventh against Arizona last
Sept. 23. It was the most runs in an inning against Pittsburgh
since San Diego scored 13 on May 31, 1994.
"To have that kind of explosion ... you never forget this
game," manager Tony La Russa said. "It turned a tough evening
into a great one."
Tino Martinez homered for the fourth time in seven games and had
two RBI for the Cardinals, who began a nine-game homestand. St.
Louis, whose .283 batting average was second in the NL coming in,
won by eight or more runs for the seventh time this year.
"They're a good-hitting team," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon
said. "Take a look at the offensive numbers: They don't lie."
With Pittsburgh leading 5-3 in the eighth, Orlando Palmeiro and
Edgar Renteria singled and Jim Edmonds walked against Joe Beimel
(1-3). Rolen doubled off Julian Tavarez, and pinch-hitter So
Taguchi added a two-run single.
Cal Eldred (6-4) allowed a hit and had a strikeout in a
The Pirates have hit 23 homers in their last 12 games. Craig
Wilson is 6-for-9 with three homers and five RBI in his last four
games, Reboulet has nine hits in his last 21 at-bats and Jack
Wilson has a nine-game hitting streak.
Pittsburgh's Brian Meadows allowed three runs in five-plus
innings and ended an 0-for-28 slump at the plate with his first hit
since he singled for San Diego off the Pirates' Kris Benson on July
Jeff Fassero faced the Pirates for the second straight start and
gave up four runs in five innings. Reboulet's second homer put the
Pirates ahead in the first and the Cardinals tied it in the bottom
half of the inning on three singles, the last by Rolen. Martinez'
14th homer gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead in the fourth before the
Pirates went in front to stay.
Jack Wilson's eighth homer off Esteban Yan made it 5-2 in the
sixth. The Cardinals got a run back in the bottom of the sixth when
Edgar Renteria hit a leadoff double and scored on a one-out
groundout by Martinez.
Pirates pitchers have allowed 18 homers in the last 12
games. ... The Pirates were in a 1-for-22 slump with runners in
scoring position and were 0-for-4 Tuesday before Craig Wilson's
homer in the fifth. ... The Cardinals were 5-for-35 with runners in
scoring position over a four-game span before Rolen's double. ...
Cardinals pitchers have given up nine homers in the last four
games. ... Yan has been scored upon in 18 of his 37 games with St.
Louis. ... Martinez has nine RBI in the last seven games. ... St.
Louis is 6-50 when trailing after seven innings.