The Redbird Report 08/11

St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright wipes his face in the dugout after giving up a two-run home run in the ninth inning to Los Angeles Dodgers' James Loney Friday, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

The Cardinals have two complete games this season, but, perhaps emblematic of their season, both have been losses.

The first was right-handed pitcher Anthony Reyes' rain-shortened 5-1/2 inning loss in New York. Then, on Friday, right-hander Adam Wainwright became the first Cardinals starter to pitch into the ninth. He also became the first Cardinals pitcher to pitch a nine-inning complete game, which became a loss when Los Angeles first baseman James Loney hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

"It was a very difficult game for him to lose and for us to lose," said manager Tony La Russa.

"Right now, (Los Angeles right-handed pitcher Brad) Penny is throwing the ball as well as anybody in baseball. He overmatched us. And Adam did the same."

The Cardinals, before they scored in the ninth on the third hit by catcher Yadier Molina, had two runners on in both the first and fifth innings. But both threats ended in double plays, hit into by center fielder Jim Edmonds and then first baseman Albert Pujols.

DODGERS 2, CARDINALS 1: James Loney broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning by hitting his fifth homer, a two-run drive. Adam Kennedy fanned with two runners on and two out to end the game. The Cardinals dropped seven games under .500 at 53-60.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--C Yadier Molina had three singles for the second straight game, raising his average to .272.

--Cardinals pitchers had worked 47 innings without allowing a homer until RHP Adam Wainwright allowed a two-run drive to Los Angeles 1B James Loney in the ninth.

--Cardinals starters had gone 29 innings without permitting an earned run until the ninth.

--It was the first time Adam Wainwright had pitched in the ninth inning since he closed out Game 5 of the World Series against Detroit last year.

--The Cardinals are 13-14 against the National League West with five games remaining, two with Los Angeles and three with Arizona.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Number of years between big-league homers for OF Rick Ankiel.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm happy to be home." -- OF Rick Ankiel, back in the big leagues for the first time in three years, but this time not as a pitcher.


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