Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hough Too Tough for Cards Knuckleballer, 45, Lifts Marlins 1-0

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hough Too Tough for Cards Knuckleballer, 45, Lifts Marlins 1-0

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Charlie Hough hadn't beaten the Cardinals since 1976. That was two years before Cards manager Joe Torre retired as a player, and two years before Ozzie Smith got to the big leagues.

But Hough, 45 and still adept with the knuckleball, beat the Cardinals and Donovan Osborne 1-0 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

Osborne was only a year old when Hough started his big-league career in 1970. But Hough beat his much-younger opponent, scattering just six singles in eight innings and getting relief help from Bryan Harvey, who recorded his 32nd save.

Torre should have suited himself up. In the mid-1970s, when Torre played for the Cardinals, he hit a home run off Hough. The Cardinals had only one hitter in the starting lineup - Mark Whiten - who had faced Hough previously.

Hough (6-11) last had defeated the Cardinals as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers - Al Hrabosky was the losing pitcher on July 21, 1976.

The loss dropped the Cardinals 7 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League's Eastern Division.

For the 24-year-old Osborne (9-5), insult was added to injury. He was knocked out of the game by a hard grounder hit by Orestes Destrade in the sixth inning.

Benito Santiago's long home run to right center in the second was the only scoring as the Cardinals were shut out for the sixth time this season and for the second time by the Marlins.

"It was like a free day at the park as a hitter," said the Cardinals' Todd Zeile. "You just swing at the butterfly. If you don't hit it, you come back tomorrow."

Torre said, "This is the first time I've ever said, `Good, Bryan Harvey's coming in.' "

But Zeile said that, compared with Hough, "it looked like Bryan Harvey was throwing 100 mph."

Florida actually had much the better of the scoring chances. The Marlins have scored just four runs on 25 hits in the series.

Osborne withstood two singles in the first inning by picking off former Cardinal Chuck Carr between second and third as Carr broke to steal third.

The Cardinals also had two singles in the first, by Luis Alicea and Ray Lankford, but Smith hit into a double play to cancel the first hit.

Osborne gave up three more hits in the second. …

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