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HOU 2,  STL 5
Cardinals win series, 4-3
Red all over: Cards move on to face Sox
Roger Clemens allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, taking the loss in his fourth career Game 7 outing. Craig Biggio led off the game with a homer and Carlos Beltran scored in the third on an error, but The Rocket ran out of fuel in the sixth and Houston couldn't hold the lead. Full story >


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Scott Rolen blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to provide the go-ahead runs and Jeff Suppan threw six strong innings to lead St. Louis into its first World Series since 1987. The Cardinals will open the Fall Classic against the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park. Full story >

October 21, 2004
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 3 0
St Louis
0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 X   5 9 1
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, LF4111011.188
Oswalt, P0000000.000
Beltran, CF3100100.417
Bagwell, 1B4000000.259
Berkman, RF4000020.292
Kent, 2B2000100.240
Ensberg, 3B4010001.136
Vizcaino, SS4010002.250
Ausmus, C3000024.105
Clemens, P2000024.000
a-Palmeiro, PH-LF0000000.333
Totals302312712 

a-Hit by pitch for Clemens in the 7th.

BATTING
HR: Biggio (1, 1st inning off Suppan, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Biggio 4; Ensberg; Vizcaino.
RBI: Biggio (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Clemens 2.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Beltran (4, 2nd base off Suppan/Matheny).

FIELDING
DP: (Vizcaino-Kent-Bagwell).
Pickoffs: Ausmus (Womack at 1st base).

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Renteria, SS2000000.167
Walker, RF4011001.241
Pujols, 1B4121000.500
Rolen, 3B4112002.310
Edmonds, CF3010010.292
Sanders, LF3000011.190
Womack, 2B3120010.269
Matheny, C3000012.105
Suppan, P0001000.000
a-Cedeno, PH1110000.167
Calero, P0000000.000
Tavarez, P0000000.000
b-Anderson, PH1110000.333
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
Totals28595046 

a-Singled for Suppan in the 6th. b-Doubled for Tavarez in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Womack (1, Clemens), Pujols (2, Clemens), Anderson (1, Oswalt).
HR: Rolen (3, 6th inning off Clemens, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Walker; Pujols 3; Rolen 4; Edmonds; Womack 3; Cedeno; Anderson 2.
RBI: Suppan (1), Pujols (9), Rolen 2 (6), Walker (5).
2-out RBI: Pujols, Rolen 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matheny.
S: Suppan, Renteria 2.
GIDP: Rolen.
Team LOB: 2.

BASERUNNING
PO: Womack (1st base by Ausmus).

FIELDING
E: Edmonds (1, throw).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clemens (L, 1-1)6.06440214.15
Oswalt 2.03110206.75
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Suppan (W, 1-1)6.03212613.00
Calero (H, 2)1.00000103.86
Tavarez (H, 1)1.00000003.00
Isringhausen (S, 3)1.00000004.70

HBP: Kent (by Suppan), Palmeiro (by Calero).
Pitches-strikes: Clemens 90-60, Oswalt 22-16, Suppan 98-58, Calero 16-10, Tavarez 10-6, Isringhausen 5-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Clemens 9-6, Oswalt 4-0, Suppan 3-9, Calero 2-0, Tavarez 2-1, Isringhausen 1-2.
Batters faced: Clemens 23, Oswalt 8, Suppan 24, Calero 4, Tavarez 3, Isringhausen 3.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Eric Cooper. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Mike Winters. LF: Angel Hernandez. RF: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:51.
Att: 52,140.

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