Game 41 - Tigers 6, Cardinals 3

The Detroit Tigers swept the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, who finished their road trip with a 2-7 record as the result of Sunday's loss, their fifth straight.

The St. Louis Cardinals (16-25) were swept for the second straight year during the regular season by the Detroit Tigers (27-16) as the result of Sunday's 6-3 loss. Pitcher Brad Thompson (2-1) gave up five runs while taking his first loss of the season. Justin Verlander (5-1) earned the victory for the Tigers. The Cardinals have now lost five in a row.

On Sunday, the Tigers became one of the many teams to score in the first inning against the Cardinals when Neifi Perez's groundout brought Curtis Granderson to the plate. The second run of the game belonged to the Cardinals, who also scored on a groundout, this one belonging to David Eckstein, whose double play ball brought home catcher Yadier Molina.

Tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth, Chris Duncan hit a 423-foot shot to center field that put St. Louis ahead, but that lead was erased in the home half of the fifth frame when Brandon Inge's two-run home run gave Detroit a one-run margin over the Cardinals.

In the sixth inning, reliever Tyler Johnson took over with two on. Sean Casey's two-run double over Jim Edmonds' head in center and Mike Rabelo's RBI single gave the Tigers important insurance runs. The 6-2 lead would last until the top of the ninth, when Albert Pujols doubled and scored in the following at-bat when Jim Edmonds slapped a single to right field. Chris Duncan struck out to end the game with Edmonds on first.

Game Notes:

- Yadier Molina's batting average rests at .294 after he went 1-for-3 at the plate on Sunday. He has a 13-game hitting streak going now after earning a double in the second inning.

- Albert Pujols was 2-for-4 at the plate on Sunday, and he is steadily raising his batting average back up to where it belongs. The power is slowly coming back, as well. He has seven home runs on the season.

- The Cardinals have struggled mightily in interleague games the past two years, and 2007 so far has been no exception. The Cardinals are looking to catch a break by facing the Pittsburgh Pirates starting on Tuesday and a weekend series against the Washington Nationals.



Brady Holzhauer can be reached via email at sportswriter5@gmail.com.

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