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Cards open with a bang
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Cardinals 7, Tigers 2
Albert Pujols' two-run homer came with two outs and first base open. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
 Pujols' two-run homer: 350K
 Rolen's homer: 350K
 Duncan's RBI double: 350K
 Pujols' great catch: 350K
 Edmonds' RBI single: 350K
 Reyes' gem: 350K
 Reyes after Game 1: 350K
 La Russa's postgame comments: 350K
 Rolen and Pujols after Game 1: 350K
 Pujols' two-run jack
 Rolen blasts a solo homer
 Duncan's RBI double
 Edmonds' RBI single
 Cardinals take series lead
Underdogs? Not these Redbirds as they made themselves at home in Detroit and seized the early upper hand in the Series thanks to homers from Scott Rolen and Albert Pujols. Rookie Anthony Reyes was too much for the Tigers, retiring 17 straight at one point to steal the show against ballyhooed Detroit righty Justin Verlander.
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STL
October 21, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 0   7 8 2
Detroit
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   2 4 3
DET
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS5000012.000
Duncan, DH4111020.250
  a-Wilson, PH-DH1000011.000
Pujols, 1B3212110.333
Edmonds, CF4121020.500
Rolen, 3B4221011.500
Encarnacion, RF3001101.000
Belliard, 2B4000013.000
Molina, C4110012.250
Taguchi, LF4010002.250
Totals3678621012 

a-Struck out for Duncan in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Duncan (1, Verlander), Rolen (1, Verlander).
HR: Rolen (1, 2nd inning off Verlander, 0 on, 1 out), Pujols (1, 3rd inning off Verlander, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Duncan 2; Pujols 4; Edmonds 2; Rolen 6; Molina; Taguchi.
RBI: Rolen (1), Duncan (1), Pujols 2 (2), Edmonds (1), Encarnacion (1).
2-out RBI: Duncan; Pujols 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Taguchi; Wilson.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
E: Encarnacion (1, fielding), Rolen (1, fielding).

 
DetroitABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Granderson, CF4000000.000
Monroe, LF4221000.500
Polanco, 2B4000001.000
Ordonez, RF3000110.000
Guillen, 1B4021010.500
Rodriguez, C4000004.000
Casey, DH3000011.000
Inge, 3B3000010.000
Santiago, SS2000010.000
  a-Thames, PH1000000.000
  Perez, SS0000000.000
Totals32242156 

a-Popped out for Santiago in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Monroe (1, Reyes).
HR: Monroe (1, 9th inning off Reyes, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Monroe 6; Guillen 2.
RBI: Guillen (1), Monroe (1).
2-out RBI: Guillen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez 2.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
E: Verlander (1, pickoff), Inge 2 (2, interference, throw).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Reyes (W, 1-0)8.04221412.25
Looper 1.00000100.00
 
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Verlander (L, 0-1)5.067628210.80
Grilli 1.00000000.00
Rodney 1.00000100.00
Ledezma 1.01000000.00
Jones 0.21000000.00
Walker 0.10000100.00

Reyes pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.
Verlander pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

WP: Walker.
Pitches-strikes: Reyes 93-68, Looper 22-15, Verlander 96-59, Grilli 11-7, Rodney 12-10, Ledezma 15-9, Jones 8-7, Walker 7-4.
Ground outs-fly outs: Reyes 3-17, Looper 1-1, Verlander 6-1, Grilli 1-2, Rodney 0-2, Ledezma 1-2, Jones 2-0, Walker 0-0.
Batters faced: Reyes 29, Looper 4, Verlander 23, Grilli 4, Rodney 3, Ledezma 4, Jones 3, Walker 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Grilli 2-2, Walker 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Randy Marsh. 1B: Alfonso Marquez. 2B: Wally Bell. 3B: Mike Winters. LF: John Hirschbeck. RF: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 56 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:54.
Att: 42,479.

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