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Bucs thrown for a Looper
Righty excels in Pittsburgh
One day after teammate Kip Wells tossed seven shutout innings, Braden Looper matched him, allowing just two hits in a performance that earned him his first victory as a starter. Scott Rolen notched an RBI single, and Preston Wilson added a two-run double.
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Cardinals 3, Pirates 0
Braden Looper, who struck out three, retired seven of the last eight batters he faced. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Series at a glance:
Snell's effort unrewarded
With seven innings of one-run ball, Ian Snell deserved a better fate, but the Pirates were unable to push a run across in their home opener, collecting just three hits. The righty allowed six hits, struck out three and walked only one in his second start of '07.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 09, 2007
SEA
CLE
PPD
SEA
CLE
PPD
STL
St. Louis (3-4)
Won 2
St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 0   PIT
Pittsburgh (4-3)
Lost 1
April 9, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0   3 8 0
Pittsburgh
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 3 0
Standings thru 4/9/07  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Pirates Stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS4120000.269
Duncan, LF3000111.333
  Franklin, P0000000.000
  Isringhausen, P0000000.000
Pujols, 1B3220102.200
Rolen, 3B4011013.192
Edmonds, CF3010001.235
  a-Wilson, PH-RF1012000.235
Kennedy, 2B4000002.143
Molina, C4010021.261
Schumaker, RF-LF4000001.100
Looper, P3000010.000
  Taguchi, CF1000010.182
Totals343832611 

a-Doubled for Edmonds in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Pujols (2, Snell), Edmonds (1, Snell), Wilson (1, Marte).
TB: Eckstein 2; Pujols 3; Rolen; Edmonds 2; Wilson 2; Molina.
RBI: Rolen (6), Wilson 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Wilson 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Molina; Pujols; Kennedy.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kennedy (1, 2nd base off Snell/Paulino), Eckstein (2, 2nd base off Snell/Paulino).
CS: Edmonds (2, 3rd base by Snell/Paulino).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Eckstein-Kennedy-Pujols, Rolen-Kennedy-Pujols).

 
PittsburghABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Duffy, CF3010112.269
Wilson, SS4000013.300
Sanchez, F, 2B4000001.250
LaRoche, 1B3000101.111
Bay, LF4010020.241
Nady, RF2000002.280
Paulino, C3000011.154
Bautista, 3B2000100.308
Snell, P1000010.000
  Wasdin, P0000000.000
  Marte, P0000000.000
  a-McLouth, PH1010000.400
  Bayliss, P0000000.000
Totals270303610 

a-Singled for Marte in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Duffy (2, Looper).
TB: Duffy 2; Bay; McLouth.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LaRoche; Wilson; Duffy.
S: Snell.
GIDP: Nady; Paulino.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
PB: Paulino (1).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Looper (W, 1-1)7.02003302.08
Franklin (H, 2)1.01000200.00
Isringhausen (S, 2)1.00000103.00
 
PittsburghIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Snell (L, 0-1)7.06111302.08
Wasdin 0.21221109.00
Marte 0.11000000.00
Bayliss 1.00000200.00

Balk: Looper.
IBB: Pujols (by Wasdin).
HBP: Nady (by Looper).
Pitches-strikes: Looper 94-57, Franklin 20-13, Isringhausen 15-10, Snell 93-65, Wasdin 14-6, Marte 6-3, Bayliss 20-14.
Ground outs-fly outs: Looper 11-7, Franklin 1-0, Isringhausen 1-1, Snell 9-8, Wasdin 0-1, Marte 1-0, Bayliss 0-1.
Batters faced: Looper 25, Franklin 4, Isringhausen 3, Snell 27, Wasdin 4, Marte 2, Bayliss 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Marte 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Sam Holbrook. 1B: Hunter Wendelstedt. 2B: Randy Marsh. 3B: Bob Davidson.
Weather: 37 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
T: 2:35.
Att: 38,429.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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