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Eck of a finish for Cards
Redbirds return to NLCS
For the second consecutive year, the Cards are in the NLCS, this time with a sweep of the Padres behind a solid Game 3 outing by Matt Morris and timely hitting from David Eckstein. Morris yielded just two runs over six innings, while Eckstein went 3-for-4 with a two-run blast and scored twice. Reggie Sanders hit a two-run double to set an NLDS record with 10 RBIs.
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 Sanders' record hit: 56K | 350K
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 Pujols' RBI double
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 Molina's two-run single
Cardinals 7, Padres 4
David Eckstein (right) embraces manager Tony La Russa after St. Louis swept San Diego. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Pads battle, but get swept
The Padres needed a strong effort from Woody Williams in Game 3 to stay alive in the NLDS, but he lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits as the Friars were eliminated. After falling behind early, San Diego rallied as Eric Young and Mark Loretta hit RBI singles and Dave Roberts and Ramon Hernandez belted solo shots, but it wasn't enough.
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October 8, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
1 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0   7 13 1
San Diego
0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0   4 9 0
Eckstein, SS4232111.385
Edmonds, CF5110024.364
Pujols, 1B3121200.556
Walker, RF3000012.000
Taguchi, RF-LF1000002.000
Sanders, LF4012103.333
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
Grudzielanek, 2B5110005.154
Nunez, 3B5120020.364
Molina, C5022001.231
Morris, P2110001.500
a-Rodriguez, PH1000000.000
Thompson, P0000000.000
Flores, P0000000.000
Tavarez, P0000000.000
Mabry, RF1000001.500

a-Grounded out for Morris in the 7th.

2B: Pujols 2 (2, Williams, Seanez), Edmonds (2, Williams), Sanders (2, Williams).
HR: Eckstein (1, 2nd inning off Williams, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Eckstein 6; Edmonds 2; Pujols 4; Sanders 2; Grudzielanek; Nunez 2; Molina 2; Morris.
RBI: Pujols (2), Eckstein 2 (4), Sanders 2 (10), Molina 2 (3).
2-out RBI: Eckstein 2; Sanders 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Grudzielanek 4; Edmonds; Sanders.
S: Morris.
Team LOB: 11.

SB: Nunez (1, 2nd base off Hensley/Hernandez).

E: Eckstein (2, throw).

Roberts, CF5111012.222
Loretta, 2B5021000.267
Giles, RF5010012.231
Klesko, LF4000124.200
Hernandez, C2121200.455
Fick, 1B4000004.200
Greene, SS4010023.400
Randa, 3B4110004.364
Williams, P0000000.000
Lawrence, P0000000.000
a-Burroughs, PH1000000.000
Hensley, P0000000.000
b-Young, PH1111000.333
Seanez, P0000000.000
c-Jackson, PH1000010.667
Otsuka, P0000000.000
Hoffman, P0000000.000
d-Sweeney, PH0000100.667

a-Flied out for Lawrence in the 3rd. b-Singled for Hensley in the 5th. c-Struck out for Seanez in the 7th. d-Walked for Hoffman in the 9th.

2B: Randa (1, Morris).
HR: Roberts (1, 7th inning off Thompson, 0 on, 1 out), Hernandez (1, 8th inning off Tavarez, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Roberts 4; Loretta 2; Giles; Hernandez 5; Greene; Randa 2; Young.
RBI: Young (3), Loretta (2), Roberts (1), Hernandez (1).
2-out RBI: Loretta.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Randa 2; Klesko 2.
Team LOB: 9.

Morris (W, 1-0)6.05223403.00
Thompson 0.211101113.50
Flores 0.20000004.50
Tavarez 0.121100113.50
Isringhausen (S, 1)1.11001203.00
Williams (L, 0-1)1.265522127.00
Lawrence 1.11000100.00
Hensley 2.03221103.86
Seanez 2.01000206.00
Otsuka 1.01001000.00
Hoffman 1.01000000.00

IBB: Pujols (by Williams), Pujols (by Otsuka).
HBP: Walker (by Williams).
Pitches-strikes: Morris 106-74, Thompson 11-8, Flores 7-5, Tavarez 9-6, Isringhausen 22-12, Williams 53-27, Lawrence 16-11, Hensley 36-22, Seanez 20-14, Otsuka 18-10, Hoffman 13-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Morris 8-6, Thompson 1-0, Flores 1-1, Tavarez 0-1, Isringhausen 1-1, Williams 2-1, Lawrence 2-1, Hensley 4-1, Seanez 2-2, Otsuka 1-2, Hoffman 1-2.
Batters faced: Morris 26, Thompson 3, Flores 2, Tavarez 3, Isringhausen 6, Williams 14, Lawrence 5, Hensley 10, Seanez 7, Otsuka 5, Hoffman 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Isringhausen 1-0, Lawrence 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Jerry Layne. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: Tim Timmons. LF: Ed Montague. RF: Bill Hohn.
Weather: 65 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:07.
Att: 45,093.

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