Looper Turns in Longest Outing of Career
Righty pitches into ninth inning as Cards win for 8th time in 10 games
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 12:11 AM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals' Ryan Ludwick follows the flight of his RBI-single in the first inning of the Cardinals' 6-5 victory in a Major League Baseball game against the Colorado Rockies.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Braden Looper pitched into the ninth inning in the longest outing of his career and went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and the St. Louis Cardinals hung on for a 6-5 win over the slumping Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Rick Ankiel hit his sixth homer of the season and Ryan Ludwick finished 4-for-4 with two doubles.

It was the eighth win in the past 10 games for the Cardinals. Looper (5-1) was two outs away from his first career complete game, but was pulled after back-to-back singles by Todd Helton and pinch hitter Ryan Spilborghs. Ryan Franklin picked up his first save of the season, but it didn't come easy.