Rolen's Walk-off Single Beats Dodgers
The Cardinals broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Albert Pujols golfed his 31st home run to left-center. He launched the pitch that was below his knees and outside, pulling the Cardinals even at 1-1.
Pujols' dinger spoiled six and two-thirds innings from Dodgers' starter Mark Hendrickson who also gave up one run on five hits.
The teams were deadlocked and headed for extra innings.
David Eckstein reached on a one-out single to shortstop, beating Furcal's long throw. John Rodriguez pinch hit for So Taguchi and lined out to Furcal, leaving Eckstein caught between first and second. Furcal tried to double-up Eckstein, but his throw to first was wide. The errant throw allowed Eckstein to move into scoring position at second with two outs. Following an intentional walk to Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen delivered a bloop-single to left-center that scored Eckstein from second with the winning run.
The win went to Braden Looper for his two shutout innings in the ninth and 10th. Danys Baez took the loss for Los Angeles.
The Cardinals look to sweep the four-game series with the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. St. Louis turns to rookie Anthony Reyes to pitch against All-Star starter Brad Penny.
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