Cards even series behind righty's fourth victory
ST. LOUIS -- Todd Wellemeyer pitched a gem Wednesday night, giving up two hits over seven-plus innings, and the Cardinals beat the Pirates, 5-1.
Wellemeyer overcame a high pitch count in the first couple of innings and cruised the rest of the way to end the Cardinals' three-game losing streak. His 108 pitches set a new career high, and seven innings equaled a career high.
Cesar Izturis rolled into a force at second in the bottom of the second inning, but the play scored Troy Glaus from third, and the Cardinals took a lead they never relinquished. Glaus added an RBI double off Bucs starter Paul Maholm in the third, and two sacrifice flies in the sixth gave the Cardinals a commanding 4-0 lead.
Center fielder Rick Ankiel pulled down a theatrical grab to rob Adam LaRoche of a home run in the top of the second inning. Ankiel's body twisted while he collided with the outfield wall as he extended his glove above it to make the catch.