MLB Insiders - Mulder 4-0 at Home

LHP Mark Mulder is 4-0 at home with a 2.72 ERA

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Those who questioned Jason Isringhausen as the Cardinals' closer despite his 11 saves in 13 opportunities had nothing untoward to say Wednesday night.

Entering a 1-0 game with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, Isringhausen fanned the Mets' David Wright and then got Cliff Floyd on a tap to first baseman Albert Pujols to preserve a 1-0 win for Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder.

"I'm sure our fans appreciate the job Izzy did," manager Tony La Russa said. "It took a lot of guts to do that."

Mulder (5-1) helped himself by not allowing any homers. He had given up six multiple-run homers in his first eight starts but allowed only two doubles Wednesday, including a leadoff two-base hit by Jose Reyes in the ninth.

The left-hander came out of the game after loading the bases by hitting Carlos Delgado with a two-strike pitch.

REPLAY: Mets right-hander Steve Trachsel matched Mark Mulder for five innings but allowed the only run in the game in the sixth inning Wednesday when Albert Pujols scored from first on a two-out double by Scott Rolen.
Rolen had been 4-for-28 on the homestand before the hit.

"But when I've watched him swing, I don't feel like he's scuffling," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.



--1B Albert Pujols was back in the lineup Wednesday despite fouling a ball off his left shin and then slipping and falling on his back while chasing a pop foul on a rainy field the night before. But he went 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 12 at-bats.

Pujols spent much of his time pregame assuring everyone that he has never used steroids, that he isn't older than 26 years old and that Barry Bonds just made a mistake.

--SS David Eckstein is the only Cardinal to start all 40 games this season.

--LHP Mark Mulder is 4-0 at home with a 2.72 ERA.

--The Cardinals' last 1-0 win before Wednesday came on April 23, 2005, when LHP Mark Mulder beat Houston in 10 innings.

--CF Jim Edmonds' hitting streak was stopped at 11. He had batted .444 during the streak, raising his average to .276.

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