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Three homers back Ponson
Cardinals 9, Reds 3
Sidney Ponson recorded his first Cardinals win on Saturday. (Tom Gannam/AP)
Sidney Ponson was far more effective than the average fifth starter on Saturday, holding the Reds to two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his first win with the Cardinals. Albert Pujols hit his fifth homer of the year, while Hector Luna and Scott Spiezio both hit their first.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: April 15, 2006
CIN
Cincinnati (7-4)
Lost 1
St. Louis 9, Cincinnati 3   STL
St. Louis (6-5)
Won 1
April 15, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Cincinnati
1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   3 7 1
St. Louis
3 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 X   9 11 0
Standings thru 4/15/06  |  Gameday  |  Reds Stats  |  Cardinals Stats
CincinnatiABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Freel, CF4010000.333
Lopez, SS4010000.295
Hammond, P0000000.000
Dunn, LF4111022.308
Aurilia, 2B3110100.212
Hatteberg, 1B3000111.136
Encarnacion, 3B3110012.242
Kearns, RF4022011.333
Valentin, C4000013.214
Williams, P1000000.000
Belisle, P1000010.000
Burns, P0000000.000
a-Phillips, PH-SS1000000.286
Totals32373279 

a-Lined out for Burns in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Lopez (2, Ponson), Aurilia (1, Ponson), Encarnacion (4, Ponson), Kearns (6, Rincon).
HR: Dunn (6, 1st inning off Ponson, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Freel; Lopez 2; Dunn 4; Aurilia 2; Encarnacion 2; Kearns 3.
RBI: Dunn (9), Kearns 2 (9).
2-out RBI: Dunn; Kearns.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dunn 2; Kearns; Valentin 2.
GIDP: Encarnacion.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Encarnacion (6, throw).

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS5120000.283
Taguchi, CF5110033.192
Pujols, 1B4222112.297
Rolen, 3B2100302.317
Encarnacion, RF4110006.209
Molina, C3012000.194
Luna, 2B4233000.455
Schumaker, LF4000013.231
Ponson, P2000100.000
Thompson, P0000000.000
a-Spiezio, PH1112000.200
Looper, P0000000.000
Rincon, P0000000.000
Hancock, P0000000.000
Totals3491195516 

a-Homered for Thompson in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Taguchi (3, Williams), Pujols (1, Belisle), Encarnacion (1, Burns).
HR: Pujols (5, 2nd inning off Williams, 1 on, 2 out), Luna (1, 3rd inning off Williams, 0 on, 1 out), Spiezio (1, 7th inning off Burns, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Eckstein 2; Taguchi 2; Pujols 6; Encarnacion 2; Molina; Luna 6; Spiezio 4.
RBI: Molina 2 (6), Luna 3 (3), Pujols 2 (12), Spiezio 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Molina 2; Luna; Pujols 2; Spiezio 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schumaker; Encarnacion; Rolen.
S: Molina.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Eckstein-Luna-Pujols, Pujols).

 
CincinnatiIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Williams (L, 0-2)3.06663228.00
Belisle 3.02002204.50
Burns 1.03330016.75
Hammond 1.000001036.00
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ponson (W, 1-0)6.15221413.97
Thompson 0.21000001.80
Looper 1.00000003.86
Rincon 0.21111209.00
Hancock 0.10000103.60

HBP: Encarnacion (by Rincon).
Pitches-strikes: Williams 53-30, Belisle 47-29, Burns 11-10, Hammond 7-7, Ponson 101-60, Thompson 6-3, Looper 10-8, Rincon 26-15, Hancock 6-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Williams 2-5, Belisle 3-4, Burns 1-1, Hammond 2-0, Ponson 9-6, Thompson 0-2, Looper 2-1, Rincon 0-0, Hancock 0-0.
Batters faced: Williams 18, Belisle 13, Burns 6, Hammond 3, Ponson 24, Thompson 2, Looper 3, Rincon 5, Hancock 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Thompson 1-1, Hancock 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Timmons. 1B: Joe Brinkman. 2B: Derryl Cousins. 3B: Jeff Nelson.
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, R to L.
T: 2:29.
Att: 40,752.

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