Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Catch Win Coming off Coast

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Catch Win Coming off Coast

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The Cardinals ended an eight-game West Coast trip the way they started it - with a victory. In between, they had some offensive ups and downs, mostly downs, but they wound up a 4-4 swing with a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Donovan Osborne became the third Cardinals starter to reach the five-victory level by pitching 7 2/3 effective innings. A Cardinals offense that had scored just two runs in the previous three games - all defeats - banged out 12 singles and a run-scoring double by Osborne, who knocked in two runs.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals' defense played one of its stronger games with crisp play from left fielder Mark Sweeney, third baseman Gary Gaetti, shortstop Royce Clayton and second baseman Luis Alicea.

Gaetti had four hits, tying his career high. He also scored two runs and drove in one.

Los Angeles righthander Ramon Martinez, just getting over the flu that bothered him for nearly two weeks, saw his 10-game victory streak over two seasons snapped.

After Martinez, whose career earned-run average against the Cardinals had been 2.01, had limited the Cardinals to one hit and no runs for three innings, they tagged him for two runs in the fourth. Martinez (4-1) walked the second one home when he passed Osborne.

The Cardinals went ahead on a double by Ray Lankford (who had been one for 18), a Gaetti single and a single by Brian Jordan, who had been three for 24. Tom Pagnozzi's infield out and an intentional walk to Alicea preceded a highly unintentional five-pitch walk to Osborne, forcing in Gaetti.

The Cardinals left the bases loaded in the inning, however, when Sweeney tapped to Martinez on a 3-1 pitch. The Cardinals, by scoring the two runs, doubled their output (one) for the previous 28 innings.

Third baseman Gaetti helped Osborne in the Los Angeles fourth with a diving stop on Eric Karros' smash, which was headed for left field. Gaetti, after knocking the ball down, scrambled to throw to first, where John Mabry dropped the ball, but only after taking it out of his glove, ruled umpire Larry Vanover. …

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