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Berkman’s Late Heroics Leads to 6-3 Win

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Jake Westbrook made his second consecutive quality start for the Cardinals (18-14) and Lance Berkman continues to be the club MVP as he provided the winning runs for the home team in the 6-3 win to split the four-game series with the Florida Marlins (19-11).

Lance Berkman continues to astound baseball fans not just in St. Louis, but all over the country as his comeback from a miserable 2010 season has been unprecedented. Berkman’s dramatic, towering three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth, batting from the right side of the plate, capped off the Redbirds’ late rally. Berkman finished the day 1-2 with four RBIs, one walk, and the home run.

Through 29 games, Lance Berkman is hitting .392 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. Berkman ranks near the top in each of those categories in the National League.

Does Lance ever cease to amaze himself? Here’s what he thinks:

Starter Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.14) made his second consecutive quality start. Westbrook had struggled mightily in his first five starts of the season, but looks to have found his groove. His thoughts on finally finding some success:

In 6.1 innings of work, Westbrook allowed three runs on seven hits, plus struck out eight. He actually retired the first fourteen batters and was rolling until the fifth inning:

Westbrook was opposed by Florida starter Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.68), who is perhaps the most dominant pitcher in baseball. However, the Cardinals were able to get to Johnson early, but not often.

The Redbirds would jump out to an early lead in the first on a RBI single from Matt Holliday. They would lose that lead in the fifth, tie the game in the sixth, give up the lead again in the seventh, and eventually keep the lead for good in the eighth.

Albert Pujols did not have a home run or any RBIs, but was instrumental in the offense on Thursday afternoon. Pujols went 3-3 with a run and a walk.

Reliever Jason Motte picked up his first victory of the season.

Youngster Eduardo Sanchez got his third save of the season after giving up the winning runs to the Marlins on Wednesday night.

NOTES…Florida starter Josh Johnson came into Thursday afternoon’s contest with an earned run average of 0.88, but that number jumped nearly a whole run to 1.68…The Cardinals were not able to win a series for the first time since early April when they dropped a three-game set in San Francisco…Friday, the Cardinals open a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers…The Charter Communications Pregame Show on KMOX 1120 AM starts at 6:10pm.

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