Albert Pujols tags Ryan Theriot after Yadier Molina's splendid pickoff throw. (Paul Beaty/AP)
By Andrew Simon / MLB.com
Ryan Ludwick, who drove in four in the opener, ignited the Cardinals with an RBI double, but that would be all the Cards would muster over Ted Lilly's eight innings. St. Louis brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Brad Thompson's shaky 4 2/3 innings dug too deep a hole.
BATTING 2B: Lee, D (14, Thompson, B), Baker, Je (1, Kinney). TB: Theriot 2; Lee, D 2; Ramirez,
Ar; Soriano, A; Bradley; Baker, Je 3; Hill, K. RBI: Bradley (20), Baker, Je 2 (5), Ramirez, Ar (17), Soriano, A
(33). 2-out RBI: Bradley; Baker, Je 2; Soriano, A. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hill, K;
Lilly; Bradley; Fukudome; Fuld. GIDP: Hill, K. Team RISP: 2-for-11. Team LOB: 7.
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