Looper Paces Cards Past Reds
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 11:43 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals' Rick Ankiel (24) is out at second as Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips turns the double play during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – Braden Looper worked six solid innings and Rick Ankiel had three hits and two RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals hand Aaron Harang another tough luck loss with a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Aaron Miles drove in two runs with and Jason Isringhausen earned his ninth save in 11 chances for the surprising Cardinals.

Last year's team needed 43 games to win No. 18, and the total surpassed the previous best set in 2000 and 2006. A heavy early home schedule helped the Cardinals, who are 12-6 at 3-year-old Busch Stadium. They took two of three from the Reds and have won four of five overall.