ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jake Westbrook threw six innings of three-hit
ball in his first career start on three days' rest and Yadier
Molina hit a three-run homer in the sixth off a tiring Edinson
Volquez in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-0 victory Sunday night.
The outing was the longest of the season for Westbrook (2-2),
who entered with a 9.82 ERA and was strafed for seven runs in three
innings Wednesday against the Nationals. The early hook after 68
pitches perhaps allowed Westbrook to rebound and help the Cardinals
take two of three, break a tie with Cincinnati for first place in
the NL Central and go to 11-0-1 in home series against the Reds
Albert Pujols was removed for precautionary reasons after seven
innings with mild tightness in right hamstring.
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