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Cards patch together victory
Short-handed Cards prevail
Despite Mark Mulder's injury and Albert Pujols' ejection, the Cardinals found a way to win. Cal Eldred tossed three shutout innings in his first start since 2001, and Jim Edmonds stole home in a resourceful victory.
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Cardinals 6, Nationals 0
Albert Pujols argues with umpires after being ejected in the first inning. (Lawrence Jackson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Strange inning upends Nats
John Halama pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, but that is when things got weird. The Cardinals put together a two-out, three-run rally without hitting a ball out of the infield, and the Nationals could not come back in the rubber game of the weekend series.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: August 28, 2005
STL
St. Louis (83-48)
Won 2
St. Louis 6, Washington 0   WSH
Washington (67-63)
Lost 2
August 28, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0   6 8 0
Washington
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 2
Standings through 8/28/05  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Nationals Stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS5220011.276
Edmonds, CF2100102.268
Seabol, 1B2000011.205
Pujols, 1B1010000.334
Diaz, 1B1000000.203
a-Rodriguez, PH-LF1111100.291
Molina, C4211002.253
Taguchi, LF-CF4011012.295
Grudzielanek, 2B3000101.301
Reyes, P0000000.000
King, P0000000.000
Nunez, 3B4012010.302
Luna, RF-2B4010022.282
Eldred, P1000011.000
Thompson, P1000010.200
b-Marquis, PH1000010.356
Tavarez, P0000000.000
Mabry, RF1000010.259
Totals3568531012 

a-Walked for Diaz in the 6th. b-Struck out for Thompson in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Eckstein 2 (21, Halama, Stanton).
TB: Eckstein 4; Pujols; Rodriguez; Molina; Taguchi; Nunez; Luna.
RBI: Molina (37), Taguchi (45), Rodriguez (17), Nunez 2 (39).
2-out RBI: Taguchi; Nunez 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Edmonds; Luna.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Molina 2 (2, 2nd base off Stanton/Bennett, 2nd base off Carrasco/Bennett), Rodriguez (1, 3rd base off Stanton/Bennett), Edmonds (3, home off Carrasco/Bennett).
CS: Pujols (2, 2nd base by Halama/Bennett).
PO: Pujols (1st base by Halama).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Eckstein-Grudzielanek-Diaz, Luna-Eckstein-Seabol).

 
WashingtonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Wilkerson, LF4010000.248
Carroll, 2B3010100.246
Johnson, 1B4010002.292
Guillen, RF4000003.298
Wilson, CF3000022.260
Castilla, 3B2000100.247
Bennett, C3000011.235
Guzman, SS3010000.196
Halama, P2000011.000
Carrasco, P0000000.000
Majewski, P0000000.000
Stanton, P0000000.000
Bergmann, P1000000.000
Totals29040249 

BATTING
TB: Wilkerson; Carroll; Johnson; Guzman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Guillen.
GIDP: Wilson; Johnson.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
E: Castilla (8, fielding), Carroll (4, throw).
Pickoffs: Halama (Pujols at 1st base).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eldred 3.02001201.98
Thompson (W, 2-0)3.01000002.62
Tavarez (H, 28)1.00000102.78
Reyes 1.00000102.31
King 1.01001002.80
 
WashingtonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Halama (L, 1-2)5.13221305.14
Carrasco 0.21101002.21
Majewski 1.00000302.97
Stanton 0.23331106.26
Bergmann 1.11000300.00

Eldred pitched to 2 batters in the 4th.

IBB: Grudzielanek (by Stanton).
Pitches-strikes: Eldred 49-30, Thompson 31-24, Tavarez 17-11, Reyes 15-11, King 22-13, Halama 74-48, Carrasco 17-10, Majewski 15-9, Stanton 18-9, Bergmann 18-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Eldred 4-3, Thompson 8-1, Tavarez 1-1, Reyes 2-0, King 2-1, Halama 5-7, Carrasco 2-0, Majewski 0-0, Stanton 0-1, Bergmann 1-0.
Batters faced: Eldred 12, Thompson 9, Tavarez 3, Reyes 3, King 4, Halama 20, Carrasco 4, Majewski 3, Stanton 6, Bergmann 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Thompson 2-0, Carrasco 2-2, Bergmann 3-2.
EjectionsSt. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols ejected by 1B umpire Larry Poncino. (1st).
Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Larry Poncino. 2B: Paul Nauert. 3B: Mark Wegner.
Weather: 80 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:59.
Att: 41,130.

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