Wainwright's Arm, Bat Lead Cardinals

Pitcher's homer the difference in 5-4 defeat of Brewers
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2008 10:55 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, right, is congratulated by teammate Yadier Molina/   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – Adam Wainwright pitched into the eighth inning and homered Wednesday night, helping the St. Louis Cardinals run their home winning streak to seven with a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Albert Pujols contributed with his bat and glove. He hit an early two-run double, then made a leaping catch at first base in the ninth.

Rick Ankiel drew an extraordinary 17-pitch walk, Skip Schumaker gave the Cardinals a second homer from an unlikely source and St. Louis matched its longest home winning streak since 2005. Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen took a 5-2 lead into the ninth, but RBI doubles by J.J. Hardy and pinch-hitter Craig Counsell closed the gap.