The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/13

The faces have changed but the results haven't. The Cardinals have had their least interleague success against the Cleveland Indians, especially in Cleveland. Their 7-3 loss Friday was their 11th in 15 interleague games against the Indians and their fifth in six games at Progressive (Jacobs) Field.

Joel Pineiro, who has just one win in his last eight starts, pitched well enough to win this one, trailing 2-1 in the seventh when he was pulled, to his discontent. "I felt fine," said Pineiro, who had passed 100 pitches, in part, because he struck out the unusually high total (for him) of six.

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.

Rookie reliever Blake Hawksworth then inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth and allowed a two-run double to Victor Martinez, canceling a two-run rally in the top of the inning.

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.

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