The Redbird Report 07/30

For the second time in two days, the Cardinals erased a deficit of at least five runs to rally over the Milwaukee Brewers. 1B Albert Pujols has gotten two hits in four of the last five games and has 11 RBI in that span.

Suddenly, only six games behind the Brewers and 5 1/2 behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division, the Cardinals might find themselves buyers rather than sellers with 60 games to go.

The problem with any consideration of the Cardinals being in contention, though, is that they still are four games under .500. Manager Tony La Russa has been saying for weeks that the club cannot be considered in contention until it is at .500 or better.

Sunday's victory wrapped up a 4-3 homestand, but the Cardinals were 1-3 until the last three games.

They will play the next six on the road at last-place teams -- Pittsburgh (Central) and Washington (East).

CARDINALS 9, BREWERS 5: Again, the Cardinals had an uneven starting effort. RHP Kip Wells lasted just five innings, giving up five runs and 11 hits, but the bullpen, the rock of the club this season, reeled off four scoreless innings and 1B Albert Pujols' bases-loaded double capped a decisive five-run eighth.

--RHP Anthony Reyes' 5-2 win over Milwaukee on Saturday was his first in the majors since he won Game 1 of last year's World Series in Detroit.

Reyes, who has been optioned twice to Memphis this year before being recalled to pitch this weekend because of the doubleheader, did well enough, manager Tony La Russa said, that he might stay around and get a start at Washington next weekend.

--The Cardinals had scored only 14 runs for Reyes while he was on the mound in his first 12 starts. They got three in the first on Sunday.

--The Cardinals' comeback from a six-run deficit to win Saturday's first game was their biggest since June 9, 2006, when they also came back from six runs down to beat the Brewers.

--INF Scott Spiezio (infected index finger, left hand) came off the disabled list to go 1-for-2 in a start at third base.

--RHP Brian Falkenborg was optioned to Class AAA Memphis. Falkenborg had a 4.91 ERA in six appearances with St. Louis.

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