Cardinals Win To Move Into Tie for First

St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols connects for a two run homer against the Colorado Rockies, for his 18th home run of the season, Wednesday, May 10, 2006. Looking on are Jim Edmonds, the on deck batter and the Rockies catcher Danny Ardon. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

St. Louis Cardinals (21-13) vs. Colorado Rockies (20-14)

Game No. 35 May 10, 2006 Busch Stadium

Jeff Suppan (3-2, 4.46) vs. Byung-Hyun Kim (1-0, 3.29)



The Cardinals take on the Colorado Rockies in the rubber game of a three game series at Busch Stadium. With a win today, St. Louis would improve to (22-13) and win its sixth consecutive home series since the new stadium's opening. In addition a win would place the Cardinals in a tie for first place in the National League Central Division.

There is no place like home: The Redbirds have played 18 games at new Busch Stadium and have complied a 13-5 home record, second only to Houston and the White Sox (14-4)...following this homestand, the Cardinals will have already completed nearly 1/3 of their home schedule (25 games).


Today's Starters

ST. LOUIS - Jeff Suppan, making his seventh start this year. He struggled in his first three starts of the season, allowing 16 runs and 21 hits over 13 innings. In three starts since then, he his pitched 21 1-3 innings, and gave up only seven runs and 14 hits.

Suppan, a 16-game winner each of the last two seasons, is 2-1 with a 4.21 ERA in four career starts versus Colorado (20-14).


COLORADO - Byung-Hyun Kim is 1-1 with a 3.70 ERA in 11 games, including two starts, in his career against the Cardinals. His lone victory was a 4-3 win on April 19, 2003, when he played for Arizona.


Today's Starting Lineup


C. Sullivan - CF

J. Carroll - 2B

T. Helton - 1B

M. Holliday - LF

B. Hawpe - RF

C. Barnes - SS

D. Ardoin - C

B. Kim - P



D. Eckstein - SS

J. Rodriguez - LF

A. Pools - 1B

J. Edmonds - CF

S. Rolen - 3B

J. Encarnacion - RF

G. Bennett - C

A. Miles - 2B

J. Suppan - P



Game Summary

The Cardinals defeated the Rockies by a score of 7-4 Wednesday, as St. Louis took 2-of-3 from the visiting Colorado team.

Jeff Suppan picked up his fourth consecutive win and Jason Isringhausen picked up his 10th save.

The Cardinals jumped out on top with a two run lead in the bottom of the first, off the bat of Albert Pujols, who hit his 18th home run of the season, and the team never looked back nor fell behind the Rockies.

Suppan was very sharp in the beginning and was good enough to go five innings before giving way to the bullpen, that held the Rockies to just one run over four innings.

Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals, and David Eckstein and Aaron Miles had three base hits each, to provide the necessary offense to give the Cardinals their 22nd win of the season and to move the Redbirds into a tie for first place in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds will play the Washington Nationals tonight and a win by the Nationals would give the Cardinals sole possession of first place.


Inside the Numbers

NO BULL - Going into today's game, the Cardinals' bullpen ranks 1st among all baseball bullpens with a 2.53 ERA and is 1st with a .201 opponents batting average.

GO AHEAD - Eight of Pujols' 18 home runs have given the Cardinals the lead.

MAC ATTACK - Pujols is doing his own MAC ATTACK. Today's home run gives Albert 219 for his career as a Cardinal, just one shy of Mark McGwire's 220, fourth all time on the St. Louis Cardinals home run list.


Coming Up

The Cardinals have an off day on Thursday and will host the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three set this weekend and the Redbirds will have another day off on Monday.

Thu., May 11: OPEN DATE

Fri., May 12 vs. D-BACKS: Mark Mulder (3-1, 4.44) vs. Claudio Vargas (4-1, 2.65) 7:10 p.m.*

Sat., May 13 vs. D-BACKS: Jason Marquis (3-4, 6.00) vs. Orlando Hernandez (2-4, 7.36) 6:15 p.m.#

Sun., May 14 vs. D-BACKS: Chris Carpenter (3-2, 2.21) vs. Miguel Batista (3-2, 5.05) 1:15 p.m.#

Mon., May 15: OPEN DATE

Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KTRS Radio

# WB11-TV * Fox Sports-Net/Midwest + FOX Network % ESPN @ESPN2




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