The Pirates had 17 hits but left 13 on base and ran themselves out of a handful of innings. The prime culprit was rookie
, who had four hits but was thrown out at the plate in the first inning, failed to tag up in the third and nearly was thrown out scoring on a wild pitch in the fifth.
"Redman has done a fine job for us. We just need to let him grow," Pirates manager
said. "It's a very disappointing night."
Cardinals center fielder
, who threw out Redman in the first, also gunned down
at the plate in the eighth.
"Sometimes it can be more important when you take a run away," Edmonds said. "My arm is not feeling that great."
"I believe Edmonds has the most accurate throwing arm in the league," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "His ball is so true, most guys choose not to run. He's on target all the time. Edmonds charges the ball great, gets rid of it, has got perfect rotation."
The Cards hit four homers for the second time in less than a month. They also did it July 20 at Los Angeles.
Wells (5-6) lost his second straight start, allowing five runs and eight hits in six innings.
Pittsburgh was in a 2-0 hole before coming to the plate. Hart led off the game with his fourth homer of the season. One out later, Pujols parked his 32nd homer deep into the left field seats.
"It was just a situation when I got behind in the count," Wells said. "I tried to throw them strikes, they took the opportunity where the pitches were up and drove them out of the park."
It was the second homer in as many at-bats for Pujols, who hit a game-winning blast off Atlanta closer
on Sunday night. The leading batter in the major leagues extended his hitting streak to a career-high 25 games.
Redman opened the bottom half with a double and later tried to score on
' flyout to center field but was thrown out by Edmonds.
With one out in the second, Cairo hit his third homer of the season. In the fourth, Rolen belted his 23rd homer, a bomb to left field that made it 4-1.
In between, Redman singled with one out in the third and took third on a single by
hit a grounder to third, and Redman nearly was caught off the bag, stepping back in safely.
Sanders lifted a fly to right, and Redman inexplicably did not tag up. Kendall did and nearly was caught off second before scampering back.
's groundout kept the Pirates scoreless.
Pittsburgh finally scored in the fifth. Redman's single skipped past Edmonds for a two-base error. Haren's pitch got away from
, whose scramble and throw nearly nabbed a sliding Redman at the plate.
Redman was struck out by Kline with runners at second and third to end the sixth.
"Not a very good game," McClendon said. "We had 17 hits, only scored four runs, left 13 on base, nine in scoring position."
added RBI singles, which helped when Giles tripled home a run off Kline and scored on Sanders' 23rd homer off Simontacchi in the seventh.
On Redman's single in the eighth, Edmonds fired a strike to the plate that nailed Nunez.
"I was just throwing the ball home, I happened to make a decent throw," Edmonds said. "Any time you can do it, it's a bonus. It doesn't matter when it is, it just so happens the second was late in the game. It was a big run, I just had an opportunity to make a good throw."
"That second throw, you think he's gonna throw that to third, but Jim plays in another league," La Russa said. "I can't blame the third base coach; it's pretty tough to hold them. It doesn't look good when a guy gets thrown out."
After a single by Kendall loaded the bases, Borbon got Giles on a foulout and Eldred retired Sanders, who had been 4-for-4 against him.