Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Snell blanks Cardinals; Pirates roll to 11-0 win
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Pittsburgh.
ST. LOUIS (AP) The last two times Ian Snell has beaten the Cardinals on the road, he's knocked them back to .500. This time, it really had to hurt for St. Louis.
Snell threw seven scoreless innings to end a six-game road losing streak since winning in St. Louis on April 16, and the Pittsburgh Pirates halted a five-game losing streak, routing Kip Wells 11-0 on Monday.
The Cardinals, coming off a three-game sweep over the Reds, entered the day two games back of the Cubs in the NL Central. On Sunday, the defending World Series champions moved above .500 for the first time since April 15.
Snell sent them back to 67-67, just as he evened their record at 6-6 in mid-April.
"Today was a great start for him," catcher Ronny Paulino said. "He was throwing his fastball in and out. He wasn't just throwing it in there, he was making it happen."
Wilson adds four hits
Jack Wilson matched a career high with four hits, including a two-run home run, and had three RBIs as the Pirates emerged from a skid in which they were outscored 35-13. Paulino and Freddy Sanchez both went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Wilson missed a chance to hit for the cycle in the ninth when he lined into a double play, although he said he hadn't been aware until St. Louis catcher Gary Bennett informed him.
"He goes 'Single, single, double, home run,"' Wilson said. "I was taking because he had just walked a guy on four pitches, but Bennett is a guy who's so nice he'll give me a first-pitch fastball just to try it. Sure enough."
The Pirates had 15 hits in 25 at-bats when reliever Andy Cavazos was chased in a five-run fifth that made it 11-0. They scored in each of the first five innings.
Cardinals pitchers gave up a double-digit run total for the 17th time this season, five of them in games started by Wells (6-16), and dropped back to .500. Wells and Jose Contreras of the White Sox are tied for the major league lead in losses.
"His biggest problem today was throwing the ball in the middle of the plate, mostly up where guys can get to it," manager Tony La Russa said. "That's his biggest problem, by the way.
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