Ward hits for cycle, drives in six

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Daryle Ward has had a lot of good days since
being recalled from the minors earlier this month. On Wednesday
night, he had the best game of his career.

Ward hit for the cycle and tied his career high with six RBI in
the Pittsburgh Pirates' 11-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I don't think you can expect anybody to be as productive as
he's been in the short amount of time he's been here," manager
Lloyd McClendon said. "Certainly, we were hoping to catch
lightning in a bottle.

"Like I told our general manager, we deserve some lightning."

Ward joined his father, Gary, to become the first father-son
combination in major league history to hit for the cycle. Gary Ward
accomplished the feat on Sept. 18, 1980, for Minnesota.

Jack Wilson was 4-for-6, drove in a run and scored three times
while raising his average to .363 for the Pirates, who have won six
of their last seven on the road.

Ward, recalled from Triple-A Nashville on May 11, hit a two-run
double in the first, an RBI triple in the fourth off Jason Marquis,
golfed a three-run homer off Kiko Calero in the fifth and singled
off Steve Kline in the ninth.

He's the first Pirates player to hit for the cycle since Jason
Kendall on May 19, 2000, against the Cardinals. It's been done 23
times in franchise history by 20 players.

"The fans were reminding me I had a chance for that," Ward
said. "I was on deck and they were like 'I know you're not
thinking about the single.'

"It feels good to be able to contribute."

Ward's cycle is the second in the majors this season.
Milwaukee's Chad Moeller did it April 27 against Cincinnati.

Ward is batting .380 with six homers and 16 RBI in 50 at-bats.

The triple was a line drive over the head of right fielder
Reggie Sanders, who opened a gate when he bashed into the wall and
missed a leaping attempt. Ward got to third standing up.

"He crushed that ball," Sanders said. "I mean, he really
crushed that ball."

The Pirates were 8-for-18 with runners in scoring position,
ending an 0-for-27 slump in their previous four games. Pittsburgh
also improved to 14-8 on the road, and 6-13 at home.

Kris Benson (4-3) tired in the seventh, finishing with 119
pitches, but benefited from the support to win for the first time
in four starts since April 30. He gave up seven runs on 11 hits in
6 1-3 innings.

Jim Edmonds hit his 11th homer and Marquis (3-4) got his second
hit and second RBI for the Cardinals, who have lost three in a row.
St. Louis is 10-14 at home and 13-8 on the road.

The Cardinals trailed 10-2 in the fifth before making it close
with a run in the sixth and four in the seventh that cut the gap to
10-7. But St. Louis also was plagued by indifferent defense,
although no official errors were committed.

"We just didn't have good pitching and defense," manager Tony
La Russa said. "That's the way I saw the game. Why single anything

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 21 minutes by rain,
and it might have thrown off Marquis. He threw 99 pitches in four
innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Marquis was wild high, giving up six runs on nine hits with four
walks and five strikeouts.

The first three Pirates reached in the first and Ward's two-run
opposite-field double gave Benson an early lead. Craig Wilson had
an RBI double and Bobby Hill had a run-scoring single in the third.

Ward and Rob Mackowiak drove in a run apiece in the fourth, and
Ward's homer capped a four-run fifth that made it 10-2.

Marquis' two-out RBI single in the second was his second hit in
21 at-bats. Scott Rolen's two-run single highlighted a four-run
seventh, raising his major league-leading RBI total to 45.
^Notes:@ Edmonds is 9-for-19 against Benson with two homers and two
doubles. He was 3-for-5 overall in the game. ... Ward also had six
RBI against the Brewers on April 3, 2001. ... Benson has beaten
the Cardinals more than any other team, going 7-3 with a 4.38 ERA.
... The Pirates have scored in double figures four times, the last
in an 11-2 victory May 13 at Colorado. ... The Cardinals lead the
NL with 39 steals and were 2-for-2 against the Pirates' Jason
Kendall, who had thrown out nine of 19 runners. ... Kendall was
3-for-5 and is 20-for-54 (.370) during a 12-game hitting streak,
the Pirates' longest of the season. ... La Russa used his 32nd
different lineup in the first 45 games, but he left the starting
eight unchanged from Tuesday night's rain-postponed game.