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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Offense propels Cards past Tigers

Stavinoha collects first big league RBI; Looper garners ninth win
DETROIT -- The Cardinals put to rest their only bad memory from the 2006 World Series when they beat Kenny Rogers and the Tigers, 8-4, at Comerica Park on Tuesday night.

In a five-game Fall Classic win over Detroit in '06, Rogers' eight-inning scoreless gem was the Redbirds' only blemish. On Tuesday, Rogers held no such hex. His command wasn't sharp, and the Cardinals waited him out for their third win in four games.

Brian Barton doubled, homered and drove in two runs for St. Louis. And when Detroit called on a right-handed relief pitcher, Skip Schumaker pinch-hit for Barton and drove in two more runs with a single to center field. Nick Stavinoha drove in the first run of his big league career with a seventh-inning single, and Brendan Ryan racked up three hits and two RBIs.

It was plenty of offense for Braden Looper, who ran into some trouble but still pitched well enough for his ninth win on the season.

Looper surrendered three home runs after going four straight starts without one. One blast, however, was controversial. Miguel Cabrera's shot in the fourth inning appeared on replay to have hit off the top of the right-field wall, which by rule should not be a homer.

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