Cards Get Win From Reyes In Game One

Reyes had the fewest wins of any Game 1 starter in World Series history and was the first in 33 years with a losing regular-season record and it didn't matter. Reyes pitched into the ninth inning Saturday night in Game 1 of the Fall Classic, giving up only 2 runs before leaving the game with a 7-2 lead.

At one time Reyes retired 17 consecutive Tigers between a singles by Carlos Guillen with two out in the 1st inning and with one out in the 7th inning. He was lifted after Craig Monroe homered on his first pitch of the ninth inning.

The rookie right-hander got a little early help from his friends when Scott Rolen hit his 5th career post-season home run in the second inning, his first since October 21, in 2004 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series versus Houston.

For Rolen his homer was his 1st hit in World Series play. He went 0-for-15 in the 2004 fall classic versus Boston.

The Cardinals had scored just one run in their previous 20 innings in World Series play before Scott Rolen's homer in the 2nd inning tonight. That streak began in the 9th inning of Game 2 in 2004 and continued through the 1st inning tonight.

The Cards three-run third inning was St. Louis' most runs in an inning in a World Series game since the team scored three times in the 4th inning on October 23, 2004, Game 1 versus Boston.

The Tigers decided to pitch to Albert Pujols with first base open and he connected for his 3rd home run of this post-season in the 3rd inning. It was his 13th career post-season homer, his 1st in World Series play. The 13 homers tie the most lifetime for a Cardinal in postseason play with Jim Edmonds.

Scott Rolen who has struggled recently at the plate, looked like he was in top form Saturday, hitting a home run and a double in Game 1, scoring two runs to help the Cardinals take a 1-0 lead over the Tigers.

The Cardinals will send Jeff Weaver to the mound Sunday to face Kenny "the Gambler" Rogers in Game 2.

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