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Cards make winner of La Russa
Carpenter first to 18 wins
Tony La Russa moved into third place on the career win list with a complete effort from the Cardinals. They staked Chris Carpenter to a five-run lead in the first inning, and the Cy Young candidate never looked back as he became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues to reach 18 victories.
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Cardinals 8, Pirates 3
Chris Carpenter won his 10th consecutive decision with eight strong innings. (Keith Srakocic/AP)
Series at a glance:
Wells chased early in loss
Coming off a pair of outstanding starts, Kip Wells did not make it out of the first inning as the Pirates lost to the Cardinals after engaging in a scuffle during batting practice. Rob Mackowiak accounted for Pittsburgh's scoring with two RBIs and a run scored.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: August 24, 2005
STL
St. Louis (80-47)
Won 1
St. Louis 8, Pittsburgh 3   PIT
Pittsburgh (54-73)
Lost 1
August 24, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
5 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1   8 12 0
Pittsburgh
1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0   3 4 1
Standings through 8/24/05  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Pirates Stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS5132000.273
Walker, RF5121014.275
Pujols, 1B5221001.333
Edmonds, CF4100121.266
Nunez, 3B5000023.303
Rodriguez, LF4223020.299
Taguchi, LF0000000.296
a-Mabry, PH-LF1010000.261
Molina, C4011101.256
Luna, 2B3110103.286
Carpenter, P3000113.032
Reyes, Al, P0000000.000
Totals3981284816 

a-Singled for Taguchi in the 9th.

BATTING
3B: Eckstein (6, White).
HR: Rodriguez (4, 5th inning off Vogelsong, 0 on, 1 out), Pujols (34, 9th inning off Mesa, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Eckstein 5; Walker 2; Pujols 5; Rodriguez 5; Mabry; Molina; Luna.
RBI: Walker (41), Rodriguez 3 (15), Molina (35), Eckstein 2 (44), Pujols (97).
2-out RBI: Eckstein 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Walker 3.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Luna (7, 2nd base off White/Doumit).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Walker (McLouth at 3rd base).
DP: (Nunez-Luna-Pujols).

 
PittsburghABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Duffy, CF3100100.339
McLouth, RF4010000.208
Bay, LF3000112.305
Eldred, 1B4100033.261
Mackowiak, 2B4132000.270
Doumit, C3000012.247
Wigginton, 3B3001001.209
Wilson, J, SS3000000.238
Wells, P0000000.178
Vogelsong, P1000000.143
a-Redman, T, PH1000000.258
Gonzalez, P0000000.000
White, P0000000.000
b-Ward, PH1000000.269
Mesa, P0000000.000
Totals30343258 

a-Flied out for Vogelsong in the 5th. b-Grounded out for White in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Mackowiak (18, Carpenter).
3B: Mackowiak (3, Carpenter).
TB: McLouth; Mackowiak 6.
RBI: Mackowiak 2 (52), Wigginton (15).
2-out RBI: Mackowiak.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wigginton.
GIDP: Eldred.
Team LOB: 2.

FIELDING
E: McLouth (2, fielding).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carpenter (W, 18-4)8.04332402.34
Reyes, Al 1.00000102.36
 
PittsburghIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wells (L, 7-13)0.26552104.74
Vogelsong 4.13111414.68
Gonzalez 2.00000202.81
White 1.01111103.75
Mesa 1.02110013.55

WP: Carpenter.
Pitches-strikes: Carpenter 97-60, Reyes, Al 13-9, Wells 38-24, Vogelsong 65-42, Gonzalez 18-13, White 17-9, Mesa 17-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Carpenter 15-5, Reyes, Al 1-1, Wells 0-1, Vogelsong 4-5, Gonzalez 1-3, White 1-1, Mesa 1-2.
Batters faced: Carpenter 29, Reyes, Al 3, Wells 10, Vogelsong 17, Gonzalez 6, White 5, Mesa 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Vogelsong 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Crawford. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Ed Hickox. 3B: Phil Cuzzi.
Weather: 77 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:29.
Att: 21,506.

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