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Carpenter can't slow Friars
Padres 7, Cardinals 5
Albert Pujols reacts after narrowly missing a seventh-inning liner that scored two runs. (AP)
 Belliard's two homers
Ronnie Belliard helped stake Chris Carpenter to a three-run lead with a pair of homers, but the Cards ace allowed four runs in the decisive seventh, putting his club behind for good. The Redbirds' seventh straight loss, coupled with an Astros win, cut St. Louis' division lead to 1 1/2 games.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: September 26, 2006
SD
San Diego (85-72)
Won 6
San Diego 7, St. Louis 5   STL
St. Louis (80-76)
Lost 7
September 26, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
San Diego
1 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 0   7 15 2
St. Louis
0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0   5 10 0
Standings thru 9/26/06  |  Gameday  |  Padres Stats  |  Cardinals Stats
San DiegoABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Roberts, LF5320002.294
Giles, RF5111012.267
  2-Johnson, PR-RF0000000.250
Gonzalez, 1B4121100.301
Bard, C4132011.329
  1-Bowen, PR-C0100100.233
Branyan, 3B3010113.225
  Alexander, 3B1000003.176
Cameron, CF4023010.270
Blum, SS5020014.255
Barfield, 2B5010016.284
Williams, P2000010.176
  a-Klesko, PH1000000.000
  Meredith, P0000000.000
  b-Sledge, PH1010000.250
  Linebrink, P00000001.000
  Hoffman, P0000000.000
Totals4071573721 

a-Lined out for Williams in the 7th. b-Singled for Meredith in the 8th.
1-Ran for Bard in the 7th. 2-Ran for Giles in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Roberts (18, Carpenter), Giles (36, Carpenter), Bard (18, Carpenter), Cameron (34, Carpenter).
TB: Roberts 3; Giles 2; Gonzalez 2; Bard 4; Branyan; Cameron 3; Blum 2; Barfield; Sledge.
RBI: Giles (79), Cameron 3 (79), Bard 2 (39), Gonzalez (80).
2-out RBI: Cameron 2; Gonzalez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Barfield 3; Blum; Alexander 2.
SF: Cameron.
GIDP: Barfield.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Roberts (46, 2nd base off Wainwright/Bennett).

FIELDING
E: Bard (3, throw), Branyan (9, fielding).
DP: (Barfield-Blum-Gonzalez).

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Miles, SS5010001.268
Duncan, LF4000011.300
  Taguchi, LF1010000.269
Pujols, 1B3120201.330
Encarnacion, RF4100102.276
Rolen, 3B4010002.294
Edmonds, CF5122022.264
Belliard, 2B4223122.275
Molina, C3010003.217
  a-Rodriguez, PH1000001.307
  Wainwright, P0000000.500
  Flores, P0000000.000
  Hancock, P0000000.000
Carpenter, P3000004.127
  Bennett, C1000010.226
Totals3851054619 

a-Grounded into a forceout for Molina in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Pujols (32, Williams), Taguchi (19, Linebrink).
HR: Belliard 2 (13, 2nd inning off Williams, 0 on, 1 out; 4th inning off Williams, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Miles; Taguchi 2; Pujols 3; Rolen; Edmonds 2; Belliard 8; Molina.
RBI: Belliard 3 (66), Edmonds 2 (70).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rolen; Carpenter 2; Encarnacion; Pujols; Belliard.
GIDP: Duncan.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
DP: (Miles-Belliard-Pujols).

 
San DiegoIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Williams (W, 11-5)6.07534223.57
Meredith (H, 15)1.01000100.72
Linebrink (H, 33)1.01000103.45
Hoffman (S, 44)1.01000201.92
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carpenter (L, 15-8)7.012662603.09
Wainwright 0.23110003.21
Flores 0.10001005.40
Hancock 1.00000103.91

WP: Williams, Carpenter.
IBB: Belliard (by Williams).
HBP: Rolen (by Williams).
Pitches-strikes: Williams 107-61, Meredith 12-9, Linebrink 16-11, Hoffman 18-11, Carpenter 122-75, Wainwright 20-12, Flores 10-5, Hancock 14-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Williams 9-7, Meredith 2-0, Linebrink 1-1, Hoffman 0-1, Carpenter 9-6, Wainwright 2-0, Flores 1-0, Hancock 1-1.
Batters faced: Williams 31, Meredith 4, Linebrink 4, Hoffman 4, Carpenter 34, Wainwright 5, Flores 2, Hancock 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Flores 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Bill Miller. 1B: Eric Cooper. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Brian Gorman.
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:02.
Att: 40,443.

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