MLB Insiders - The Streakers

St. Louis Cardinals' rising star, right-hander Anthony Reyes, winless in his last five starts, lasted five innings in 93-degree heat to gain his second win of the season and is first win ever in St. Louis.

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By pounding the Dodgers 11-3 Sunday, the Cardinals completed their first four-game series of the Dodgers in St. Louis since July 7-8, 1987, when they won back-to-back twi-night doubleheaders.

The similarities continue in that the four-game sweep completed Sunday stretched a Cardinals winning streak to seven games -- longest since a nine-gamer in 2004 -- just as it did in July 1987, when the streak eventually grew to nine games.

This, of course, is the same Cardinals team that had an eight-game losing streak as recently as June 20-27. Third base coach Jose Oquendo, asked if he had been concerned by that streak, answered, "Yes -- and no.

"Yes, I was worried by the way the team was going. But no, because I knew the team would pull through. I had a lot of confidence in this team." Pitching coach Dave Duncan said, however, "When you have an eight-game losing streak, you're fortunate if you have a seven-game winning streak to kind of cancel it. We're a pretty good team. We just got off track there for a while."

Left fielder Chris Duncan, who is being given a chance to bat second ahead of Albert Pujols, had three hits and scored three times. It was his second three-hit game in his last two starts.

REPLAY: Albert Pujols drove in a run in each of his first three at-bats en route to a four-hit day, raising his average to .328, and the Cardinals pounded the Dodgers 11-3 Sunday. Pujols has nine RBIs in his last six games.

Right-hander Anthony Reyes, winless in his last five starts, lasted five innings in 93-degree heat to gain his second win.


--LHP Randy Flores, who has missed the last week with some elbow soreness, threw in the bullpen before Sunday's game. He might be available Monday.

--3B Scott Rolen got his first day off since May 21. He was replaced by INF Scott Spiezio.

--RHP Jeff Weaver will make his Cardinals debut Monday night at Busch Stadium against Atlanta.

--C Yadier Molina had three hits and drove in a season-high-tying three runs. They were his first RBIs since July 2.

--Cardinals pitchers have given up only four earned runs in their last 39 innings.

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