In the end, though, he was just about the only pitcher who could
string together some outs in a 10-9 victory over the Chicago Cubs
on Wednesday night.
Making only his second appearance since June 11, Kline (2-1) got
the last five outs to silence a Cubs' offense that had 14 hits.
"Fired up, baby, that's part of the game," Kline said. "I
want to pitch. You're a little mad. Hell, it's baseball, right?
Let's have some fun."
La Russa said he didn't see Kline's antics.
"Did he really?" the manager said. "He couldn't have. Well,
give me two minutes because you walk in [the clubhouse] and he's
going to be laying on the ground and I'm going to be standing on
his chest. That had better not be what he did."
"The ball got away from Farnsy," Bako said. "Obviously, it
got away from me, too."
The Cardinals, who have won seven of nine, wasted leads of 3-0
and 5-3 but bounced back and improved to 28-8 at home against the
Cubs since the start of the 2000 season.
"When we're playing against the Cubs, it's always exciting,"
Taguchi said. "So, I got excited."
Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals, his 20th
of the season.
"It's very exhausting, especially ultimately when you lose,"
Walker said. "These hurt worse than normal losses, especially
playing the Cardinals."
After scoring two runs off closer Jason Isringhausen in the
eighth inning Tuesday, Chicago beat up on the Cardinals' bullpen
again, scoring six runs in the sixth off Kiko Calero and Julian Tavarez to take a 9-5 lead. Entering the series, Cardinals
relievers hadn't allowed a run in 10 consecutive home games, a span
of 32 1/3 innings.
Kline had been expecting to get the call for Walker's second
at-bat in the sixth after Tavarez had retired only one of five
"I thought that was my opportunity, and I was just fired up,
just a little steamed," Kline said. "It was nothing personal.
"You throw 8, 9, 10, 15 pitches getting ready and all of a
sudden they tell you you're not in, it's a gut-wrenching thing
because you have to go back down to a low."
Taguchi, recalled from Triple-A Memphis earlier in the day,
walked off Mike Remlinger (0-1) to start the eighth. He advanced on
John Mabry's sacrifice and a groundout, then scored without a play
when Bako couldn't handle a high inside fastball.
After Pujols' third-inning homer gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead
for the second straight night, Chicago tied it in the fifth on
Aramis Ramirez's two-run double and Patterson's RBI single.
Calero retired only one of five batters in the sixth. Walker hit
his 11th homer, Alou had an RBI double, and Sammy Sosa hit a
run-scoring single to put Chicago ahead 6-5.
Patterson had an RBI double, and Ramon Martinez was credited for
a two-run double on a liner that Luna misplayed in left.
St. Louis closed in the bottom half when Luna had an RBI double,
and Taguchi and Womack singled in runs.
Lee, who was 3-for-3 with two walks, is batting .456
(36-for-79) since June 1 with five homers, 14 doubles and 18 RBI.
... Suppan is 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA on the road and 1-5 with a 5.28
ERA at home. He ended up with no decision for only the third time
in 14 starts. ... Pujols is 10-for-30 with two homers and eight
RBI against Rusch.