PHILADELPHIA (AP) -
snapped a long winless drought by making a key pitch every time he needed one.
Pineiro and three relievers combined on a six-hitter,
hit solo homers and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the
2-0 on Tuesday night.
Pineiro (3-4) allowed five hits and walked three in 6 1-3 innings for his first win since April 29. The right-hander was 0-2
with seven no-decisions in his previous nine starts. He allowed three runs or fewer five times in that span, but couldn't
get a win.
''He made pitch after pitch after pitch,'' Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''He used everything he had and didn't make a lot of mistakes. We haven't scored for him most of the time.''
got two outs in the seventh,
pitched a perfect eighth and
finished for his 12th save in 16 chances.
(9-6) was the hard-luck loser for struggling Philadelphia, which maintained a slim lead in the NL East.
''It's frustrating because Cole threw well,'' Phillies slugger
said. ''He did his job. We have to find ways to manufacture runs.''
The Phillies have lost nine of 11 at home. They have dropped four of five since completing their second three-game sweep of
Atlanta on the road within a month. They went 5-13 after sweeping the Braves June 6-8.
Ankiel drove an opposite-field shot to left-center for his 19th homer to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the fifth.
''I usually have trouble with guys that come on more of an angle,'' Ankiel said. ''That changeup is really tough to hit.''
Hamels praised Ankiel's hitting skills.
''The way he hit it was very impressive,'' Hamels said. ''I guess that's why he's a hitter now. It was a good pitch out and
away and he absolutely crushed it.''
Ludwick ripped an 0-2 pitch deep to left-center for his 18th homer in the sixth.
Hamels gave up one other hit in seven innings, striking out eight. He lost 1-0 to Washington in the second game of the season.
''When he pitches a game like that, we have to win,'' Phillies manager
Phillies right fielder
trying to score on a fly ball to end the top of the eighth and keep the deficit at 2-0. Duncan barreled into catcher
, who got up after staying down a few seconds.
Earlier this season, Cardinals catcher
sustained a mild concussion after a collision with Philadelphia's
Pineiro escaped trouble in the second after
's double put runners on second and third with no outs. Werth struck out and
grounded into a double play after a walk had loaded the bases.
''I had a good sinker,'' Pineiro said. ''It worked perfectly.''
Pineiro left after
singled to put two runners on in the seventh. But Villone got Coste, a pinch-hitter, to ground into a double play to end the
''We have to be able to score,'' Burrell said. ''Everyone's frustrated because we're getting pretty good pitching, but we
haven't been consistent at the plate.''
Notes: Werth's fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games. Howard singled in the ninth for
an 11-game hitting streak. ... Molina's 13-game hitting streak was snapped. ... The Phillies are 23-22 at home, 25-21 on the
road. ... LHP
makes his first start Wednesday since last Sept. 16. He's returning from two shoulder surgeries. Mulder has made two relief
appearances for St. Louis since returning two weeks ago. ... The Phillies have been shut out six times.