Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gant Adds Numbers in 2-1 Victory over Reds

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gant Adds Numbers in 2-1 Victory over Reds

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By the numbers, it was Ray Lankford 100, Ron Gant 80 and Dennis Eckersley 0.

Lankford became the first Cardinal to score 100 runs since Vince Coleman in 1987 when he scored in the seventh inning of Friday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. Gant drove in his 80th run in the 11th, singling to left, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 win.

Eckersley had a brilliant one-inning outing, striking out the side, but it appears that his 22nd big-league season will end with him failing to win a game for the first time in his career. "I'll get over it," Eckersley said. The Cardinals moved to a season-high 14 games over .500, and manager Tony La Russa wants them to keep pushing even though they have wrapped up the division title. "It's common sense," La Russa said. "If you turn it off, not many athletes or teams are good enough to turn it back on. We're going to keep competing. "We're going to play hard the next two days. It's almost mandatory that you do that." Lankford reached the 100-run plateau for the first time in his career when he scored on Brian Jordan's double in the seventh. "It's good to set the table," Lankford said. After the double, Jordan was called out for interference when second-base umpire Angel Hernandez ruled that Jordan had turned his shoulder into first baseman Hal Morris' throw, which hit him in the helmet while Jordan was being run down between second and third. "He head-butted it," Hernandez said. "It looked like Pele." Jordan smiled and said, "It was a good call. I told him that." Gant has hit under .250 for much of the season. But he has 29 homers to go with his 80 RBIs despite missing five weeks with a hamstring strain. "I'd liked to have a lot higher batting average," Gant said. "I'd like to work on that for next year, but the main thing is to get ready for postseason. …

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