Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jordan Good in a Pinch Two-Run Homer, RBI Single Lift Cards Past La

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jordan Good in a Pinch Two-Run Homer, RBI Single Lift Cards Past La

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Cardinals manager Joe Torre hadn't intended to use slumping outfielder Brian Jordan on Sunday. The tightly wound Jordan was 0 for his last 19 and would be facing a maddening knuckleballer in Los Angeles' Tom Candiotti.

"A knuckleballer is not the type of guy you want to get back on track against," Torre said. And Torre had the statistical ledger on his side - Jordan was hitless in six at-bats against the righthanded veteran.

But, with the Cardinals two runs down and a runner on in the eighth, courtesy of third baseman Garey Ingram's fifth error in two starts here, Jordan pinch-hit against Candiotti. "He's one of my best players," Torre explained.

Jordan waited patiently and ripped Candiotti's first pitch into the left-field seats, tying the game.

Three innings later, after an intervening strikeout, Jordan delivered again, singling home Scott Cooper with the run that gave the Cardinals a 6-5, 11-inning win and the upper hand in a three-game series.

"I thought John Mabry might have a better time with (Candiotti) and I was wrong," Torre said. (Mabry struck out twice.) "Candiotti manhandled us."

Cooper was walked with one out in the 11th by loser Antonio Osuna, and Tom Pagnozzi walked with two out. The slow-running Cooper managed to get a large lead off second and was able to score on Jordan's hit.

"When you don't have blazing speed," Cooper said, "you've really got to work hard to get a big jump and make sure you cut the corner around third."

The three RBIs gave Jordan 13 for the season, one behind team leader Bernard Gilkey.

Jordan hasn't been shy about saying he wants to be a leader - or the leader - of the Cardinals. "He's telling everybody how badly he wants to win," Torre said. "He's going to get an opportunity to prove it."

Jordan said, "I hate losing. If I have to voice myself, I will. I will be heard. If I see a player slacking off and not playing hard, I will say something. And I would expect them to do the same for me. …

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