But a bullpen which has labored more often than not lately, again left the Cardinals down. Three relievers, Jason Motte, Dennys Reyes and Kyle McClellan, each walked at least one hitter in the seventh inning -- the walk total in the frame was four -- and the Indians scored three runs.
Manager Tony La Russa, asked why he didn't use one of his other more experienced relievers in that spot, said, "We were already losing the game. He got a double play (after that), didn't he? I thought he did really well."
INDIANS 7, CARDINALS 3: 1B Albert Pujols belted his 20th home run and drove in another run with a single but the Cardinals did little else with Cleveland rookie LHP David Huff. But the Cardinals still had a chance to tie the game in the eighth when C Yadier Molina hit a hard smash to shortstop with the bases loaded and the Cardinals down two runs.