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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Clutch hitting gives Cards opener

Clutch hitting gives Cards opener
04/15/2008 11:05 PM ET
By Matthew Leach /

ST. LOUIS -- Skip Schumaker had two big hits and Braden Looper worked around five walks as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 6-1, at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. St. Louis moved 1 1/2 games clear of Milwaukee in the National League Central.

With two outs and the score tied, 1-1, in the fifth inning, Schumaker poked a single to left field that scored Adam Kennedy, who had led off the frame with a single. Schumaker took second on the throw home and scored the third Cardinals run when Chris Duncan singled. Two innings later, Schumaker stretched the lead when his two-out double again scored Kennedy.

Looper improved to 3-0 despite being less than completely sharp. He lasted five-plus innings, and though he held the potent Milwaukee lineup to a single run, he issued five free passes.

Kyle McClellan pitched two scoreless innings in relief, with Ryan Franklin and Anthony Reyes bringing it home.

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