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Former Philly has 3 hits, 3 grabs

8/24/2003

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Scott Rolen had a little something extra for
his old team.

Rolen had a big overall day with three hits and three defensive
stops at third base in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-0 victory over
the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

The Cardinals, tied with Houston for first place, took two of
three in the series despite going 0-for-14 with runners in scoring
position. The Phillies have lost five of six since sweeping the
Cardinals last week in Philadelphia, where Rolen was booed every
at-bat.

"It was a big win for us," Rolen said. "We kind of came out
of Philadelphia with our tail between our legs.

"We get swept there, we drop the first game here and end up
winning the series, that shows a little something about this
team."

Brett Tomko, who might have been pitching for his spot in the
rotation after the acquisition of Sterling Hitchcock on Friday,
pitched scoreless ball into the seventh to help the Cardinals stay
tied for the NL Central lead. The team has indicated that
Hitchcock, a forgotten man on the Yankees' staff, will get a start
soon.

Tomko (10-8) entered the game leading the NL in hits, runs and
home runs allowed, and struggled in his last start, giving up six
runs in three innings at Philadelphia.

But he also has won three of his last four outings. Tomko didn't
allow a hit until Jimmy Rollins' two-out single in the fifth, and he
worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

"I think everybody just keeps looking at my stats," Tomko
said. "It drives me a little crazy because the last 15 starts or
so, I've pitched pretty good and I've been pretty consistent.

"All you see is a big ERA and not a whole bunch of wins, but I
think there's a bigger story than that."

Tomko gave up five hits with three walks and a strikeout,
leaving with the bases loaded again and one out in the seventh.

Steve Kline escaped by getting Bobby Abreu on a roller to the
mound and Jim Thome on a popup on a full count to shallow left.
Thome was hitless in three at-bats, dropping his impressive numbers
against the Cardinals this year to 9-for-20 with five homers and 10
RBI.

Thome's two-run, eighth-inning homer off Kline was the go-ahead
hit in the Phillies' victory in Friday's series opener.

"You've got to forget about what happened the other day and
just go out and pitch," Kline said. "I got my revenge today."

Mike DeJean worked the ninth for his 19th save in 27 chances. He
has pitched twice for the Cardinals since being acquired Friday
night and got a chance to close on Sunday because Jason
Isringhausen threw 36 pitches in a five-out save a day earlier.

The Cardinals got a pair of sacrifice flies to shallow center
off Kevin Millwood (12-9), both set up by Rolen doubles and each
time capitalizing on the weak arm of Marlon Byrd.

Jim Edmonds scored on Chris Widger's fly ball in the fourth for
the game's first run, and Rolen scored on Orlando Palmeiro's fly
ball for a 2-0 lead in the sixth.

"I thought the second one was on line," Byrd said. "I've got
to make the plays, that's all."

Rolen, who won his fourth Gold Glove in five seasons last year,
grabbed Pat Burrell's liner to end the fourth. He also fielded a
tough hop on Byrd's grounder to end the fifth, but his best play
was a diving stop to his left on Chase Utley's bases-loaded
grounder in the sixth. After gloving the ball, Rolen got up in time
to throw to second for an inning-ending forceout.

"You just can't hit it to him," Burrell said. "You're out.
Whether he dives or whatever, he's going to make the play every
time."

Tomko also benefited earlier in the sixth from a running catch at
the wall by Edmonds, whose grab in center robbed Abreu.

The Cardinals added a run in the eighth on a bases-loaded
squeeze by So Taguchi off Mike Williams.

Game notes
The Phillies are 2-4 with seven games remaining on a
13-game trip, their longest of the season. ... St. Louis slugger
Albert Pujols, who entered Friday with a 30-game hitting streak, is
0-for-12 the last three games. He stranded five runners in scoring
position Sunday. ... Abreu was 0-for-4 to end a 10-game hitting
streak. He was 20-for-42 during the run. ... Tomko has pitched
1,004 1/3 innings in his career. ... Kerry Robinson was 3-for-5 in
the leadoff slot for the Cardinals and is on an 8-for-14 tear.