MLB Insiders - Cardinals Lose 7 In A Row

"We're getting spanked daily," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, speaking for his own team and the entire National League after a 10-3 loss to Cleveland Monday night put the American League 43 games to the good in interleague play this season.

The Cardinals have lost seven straight games, all to American League Central Division teams, and been outscored, 65-27, in the process. This streak is the longest such futility since July 31-Aug. 7 of 2002.

The Cardinals, for instance, are 3-7 in interleague play, with all their wins coming against Kansas City.

Jason Marquis didn't give up 13 runs and four homers in five innings as he did in his last start in Chicago, but seven runs and three homers in six innings wasn't exactly in the playbook either.

"He's better than that," said La Russa.

Over the last month, the Cardinals have been out-homered by an astonishing count of 46-21. Eight times in that span, the Cardinals have given up three or more homers in a game.

REPLAY: The score was tied at 2-2 in the fifth when Jason Marquis struck out Cleveland's Grady Sizemore with a man at third and one out. But he hit the next batter, Ronnie Belliard, and then gave up two homers and a triple to three of the next four hitters covering the fourth and fifth innings. The Indians cruised from there, winning 10-3.

The Cardinals had 12 hits, the same number as the Indians. But seven of Cleveland's were extra-base hits -- four of them homers -- while 10 of the Cardinals' dozen were singles.

NOTES

--Three more homers allowed by RHP Jason Marquis swelled his total to 19, one more than injured LHP Mark Mulder. Those two numbers are the highest totals in the league.

--CF Jim Edmonds, who had some swings that were less than satisfactory for manager Tony La Russa on Sunday in Detroit, sat out again Monday. Edmonds, who failed to get the ball out of the infield Sunday, had missed the three games before that with a concussion.

--The Cardinals have been out-homered, 21-8, in their last 10 games.

--The Cardinals' last eight-game losing streak was July 4-15 in 1988.

--A streak of 14 consecutive non-losing months has ended. The Cardinals are 8-14 in June with just three games remaining.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 -- Number of home runs LHP Mark Mulder allowed in a 21 1/3 innings over five starts.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Things aren't right. And when they're not right, I get hit." -- Mark Mulder.

MEDICAL WATCH:

LHP Ricardo Rincon went on the disabled list retroactive to April 19 with a left shoulder injury. He underwent surgery to repair rotator cuff and impingement problems and will miss the remainder of the season.

1B Albert Pujols, who had been out since June 4 with a strained right oblique muscle, was activated from the disabled list and started June 22.

OF Larry Bigbie went on the disabled list June 6 with a hernia. He had surgery on June 8, and he is expected to miss three to four weeks.

CF Jim Edmonds suffered a slight concussion June 21, and he didn't play June 22-24. He was back in the lineup June 25.

LHP Mark Mulder was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 21 with a left shoulder strain.


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