The Cardinals, who were pummeled for 40 hits by the White Sox in the first two games of their three-game series in Chicago, held the Sox to one hit Thursday night. Yet, they lost for the third straight time when rookie right-hander Anthony Reyes made his only mistake of the night.
Reyes, making his third start of the season in his third stint with his club, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning when, with one out, he tried to come inside with a fastball to White Sox DH Jim Thome. But Thome, who has 18 homers in his career against the Cardinals, jumped on Reyes' first pitch that was left over the middle of the plate and cracked his 24th homer of the season for the White Sox's only hit and run.
"What a performance," marveled Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. "It shows you there's no justice when he's the losing pitcher."
Unlike his last two starts when he was returned to Triple-A Memphis after his outings, Reyes, who allowed only two baserunners, won't be going anywhere this time, both on the strength of his complete-game masterpiece and because Mark Mulder was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Mulder, who gave up nine runs in the third inning Tuesday, was disabled before Thursday's game when, according to La Russa, he wasn't able to extend his left arm full length while working out. La Russa said Mulder hadn't seemed able to extend his arm consistently while pitching either. By disabling Mulder, La Russa said, "I'm glad we're doing something pro-active to fix it."
REPLAY: Aside from Jim Thome's game-winning homer in the White Sox's 1-0 win, only one other Chicago batter reached base off tough-luck loser Anthony Reyes. Jermaine Dye was safe on a three-base error by center fielder So Taguchi, who jumped for Dye's fifth-inning drive and dropped it.
--1B Albert Pujols, in a surprise, was activated from the disabled list several days ahead of schedule. Pujols, who missed 15 games with a right oblique strain which promised to keep him out much longer, said, "I trusted in the Lord that I'd be back in two weeks, and I'm here." Pujols tested his injury by making a diving stop in the eighth inning.
--CF Jim Edmonds was in the original lineup but was scratched after feeling lightheaded while taking batting practice. Edmonds suffered a slight concussion when his head hit the ground after he failed to make a leaping catch at the wall on Wednesday.
--RF Juan Encarnacion singled with one out in the seventh, extending his hitting streak to 13 games (23-for-51).
--1B/OF Chris Duncan, who was hitting .275 with three homers, was sent back to Triple-A Memphis when 1B Albert Pujols was activated. Duncan may play more left field this time in Triple-A because it appears that will be his position when he returns to the majors.
--The Cardinals' interleague record is 3-3 with nine games remaining. They have swept Kansas City and been swept by the White Sox.