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Cardinals avoid sweep at home

4/29/2004

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With one big swing, Jim Edmonds helped the St.
Louis Cardinals ease their home miseries.

Edmonds homered to lead off the 13th inning for a 5-4 victory
over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, and the Cardinals
avoided getting swept at Busch Stadium for the second time this
season.

They raised their home record to 4-9 after going 49-33, and
dodged their worst start at home since going 2-11 in 1969.

"Something's going on here," Edmonds said. "Someone's put the
jinx on us or something. Hopefully, this will give us a little bit
of a shot."

Edmonds hit an 0-2 pitch from Amaury Telemaco, entering his
fifth inning of relief, over the right-field wall for the sixth
game-ending homer of his career.

He had struggled at the plate before that, going 1-for-5 with a
single and three strikeouts, and manager Tony La Russa was shouting
from the dugout that Edmonds should go to the opposite field before
Edmonds pulled the ball.

"I was trying to," Edmonds said. "I'm just glad it's over.
It's kind of a long day with the rollercoaster ride."

La Russa became the second manager in major league history to
win 700 games with two teams, joining Sparky Anderson.

La Russa also won 798 games with Oakland from 1986-95. Anderson
won 863 with the Reds from 1970-78 and 1,331 with the Tigers from
1979-95.

"Wow!" La Russa said. "That makes a good win extra
significant, based on what I think of him. I think I'll give him a
call."

La Russa also engaged in a bit of gamesmanship with Phillies
manager Larry Bowa.

After Bowa asked the umpires to check the hat of St. Louis
reliever Julian Tavarez, La Russa had the umps confiscate the bat
of Pat Burrell after he flied out to end the Philadelphia 10th.

"The players brought it to my attention. They saw some black
stuff on his brim," Bowa said of Tavarez. "So I asked them to
check it. They said it was all right."

The umpires conferred for several minutes during the changeover,
apparently looking at the hollowed-out end of Burrell's bat, before
crew chief Randy Marsh carried it off the field and handed it to an
attendant. Burrell stayed in the game.

"It's the old thing" of getting even, La Russa said.

Mike Lincoln (3-2), victimized for three ninth-inning runs in a
7-3 loss on Wednesday, pitched a perfect 13th.

Telemaco (0-1) matched his season total for innings pitched,
allowing a run and four hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

"I had no choice, I had to keep pitching," said Telemaco, the
fifth Phillies pitcher.

Both teams got big pinch-hits late in the game. Reggie Sanders'
bases-loaded triple off Roberto Hernandez with two outs in the
eighth gave the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.

Ricky Ledee's second pinch-hit homer of the season, a two-run
shot off St. Louis closer Jason Isringhausen with one out in the
ninth, tied it.

Isringhausen has given up a pair of three-run homers this year
after allowing only two homers total the previous two seasons.

"It's nice to get a hit and put the team on top, or even in
this case," Ledee said. "But we lose as a group, we win as a
group."

Kevin Millwood threw seven strong innings for the Phillies, who
missed a chance to climb back to .500. They're 9-11 after
completing a 4-2 trip.

Jim Thome roughed up St. Louis pitching again, including a
two-run homer off Chris Carpenter in the sixth.

Thome is a career .456 hitter (31-for-68) against the Cardinals,
with 14 homers and 33 RBI in 18 games. He hit five homers last
year and is a career .390 hitter at Busch Stadium. He finished
6-for-12 in the series with five RBI.

Millwood allowed one run on seven hits with four strikeouts and
one walk, and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.

Carpenter also lasted seven innings, giving up two runs and
three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Game notes
Former two-time Olympic diving gold medalist Greg Louganis,
attending his first major league baseball game, threw out the
ceremonial first pitch. "I got it to him, or at least in the
vicinity," Louganis said. ... Marlon Byrd, who scored the go-ahead
run in the ninth inning of a 7-3 victory on Wednesday, went
airborne in an attempt to jar the ball loose from Cardinals C Mike
Matheny on a play at the plate in the eighth. Matheny held on.