Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Win from Bottom Up, End Skid at 4

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Win from Bottom Up, End Skid at 4

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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was desperate for a victory. Still, he took a chance on starting three rookies with a total of three big-league hits Wednesday night.

Micah Franklin, Mike Gulan and Mike Difelice had had three hits among them - all by Difelice. That represented 13 fewer big-league hits than the total accumulated by noted batsman Todd Stottlemyre. "That's not funny," Stottlemyre said when apprised of this before the game.

But Stottlemyre drove in a run with his first extra-base hit, a double, and the Triple-Mikes all contributed to a 12-3 win over Philadelphia, snapping a Cardinals losing streak at four games before they head off for four games fraught with peril in Atlanta. Franklin, in his second big-league game, had his first three big-league hits, including a home run. He drove in one and scored two runs. Gulan, making his major-league debut, scored two runs and drove in one. And Difelice had his first multiple-hit game of the season with two singles. He scored one run and drove in one as the bottom part of the Cardinals' order beat up the Phillies. Mark Sweeney, who batted eighth, had no hits in two at-bats. But Gary Gaetti, pinch-hitting for him in the fifth inning, delivered a key two-run double and later a home run to help Stottlemyre earn his second win in nine starts, with both victories coming on the road. "I don't know if was excellent managing - or (La Russa) didn't have the right lineup there in the first place," Gaetti joked about coming off the bench. Ray Lankford, who had three hits for his ninth multiple-hit game out of 20, clouted a long two-run homer, his fourth off a lefthander, in a three-run Cardinals sixth. Besides Franklin and Gaetti, Royce Clayton also homered in a four-run ninth. Afterward, players enjoyed meatloaf and fried chicken from the clubhouse food room, which was considerably more than they were allowed the previous night when La Russa, in his disgust at a 3-2 loss to the Phillies, had ordered the food room closed. Ron Gant and Gaetti were healthy regulars rested by La Russa, who said, "With the guys who have been playing, we were five games under . …

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