Cards Best Bucs 5-1

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 11:44 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Rick Ankiel makes a catch at the wall to rob Pittsburgh Pirates' Adam LaRoche of a home run during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – Todd Wellemeyer allowed two hits into the eighth inning and Albert Pujols had two hits, reaching base for the 41st straight game to start the season, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday night. Cesar Izturis and Troy Glaus both had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who ended a three-game losing streak.

St. Louis won for only the second time in eight games behind a 15-hit attack and despite stranding 15 runners, one off their season worst. They handed the Pirates only their second loss in nine games, denying them a chance to reach .500 this far into the season for the first time since they were 30-30 on June 11, 2005.