Redbirds use extra powers on Braves

Monday, July 23, 2007

Schumaker and Rolen hit 10th-inning home runs in St. Louis' 7-2 victory.

ATLANTA -- Skip Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.

Schumaker, who entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter, drove an 0-1 pitch from Tyler Yates (2-2) over the right-field fence for his second homer. It came after Aaron Miles singled to open the inning.

Schumaker is 17-for-33 (.515) in July and increased his batting average to .315.

Albert Pujols walked following Schumaker's homer and Juan Encarnacion followed with a single, knocking out Yates. Rolen hit his fifth homer off Oscar Villarreal, a drive over the left-field fence.

The Cardinals had tied it at 2-2 in the eighth when Pujols hit his 22nd home run, a solo shot off reliever Rafael Soriano.

Chipper Jones drove in a run with a double and Kelly Johnson hit a solo home run to give Atlanta an early 2-0 lead.

St. Louis got within 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Encarnacion.

Jason Isringhausen (4-0) picked up the win with four strikeouts in two perfect innings.

Rookie left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes started for Atlanta and went 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander allowed one run, three hits, walked four and struck out three in his third start since being called up from the minors. He lowered his ERA from 8.68 to 6.14.

Reyes allowed only one hit before So Taguchi led off the sixth with a single and went to third on a double by Pujols. Encarnacion followed with his run-scoring grounder, sending Pujols to third. The rookie walked Ryan Ludwick on four pitches and was replaced by Peter Moylan, who got Rolen to hit into a double play, ending the inning.

St. Louis starter Brad Thompson pitched six innings. The right-hander allowed two runs, six hits, walked three and struck out two.

Thompson gave up a single to Edgar Renteria in the third and Jones, who was 8-for-13, including a homer and six RBIs in the four-game series, scored Renteria with a double to left-center.

Johnson hit his 10th homer on an 0-1 pitch, over the right-field fence in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.


* Taguchi saved a run in the fifth with a one-handed, over-the-head catch against the wall on a drive by Renteria. Harris, who reached on an error, was rounding second when Taguchi caught it but easily made it back to first.

* The Cardinals optioned left-handed reliever Troy Cate to Class AAA Memphis on Sunday and recalled right-handed pitcher Kelvin Jimenez. Cate was 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 14 games. He allowed 18 hits, struck out 12 and walked nine in 16 innings. Jimenez was 1-3 with a 2.28 ERA at Memphis. In 16 games covering 22 2/3 innings, he struck out 21 and walked seven.

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