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LaRussa, McClendon spar; Cardinals win

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Lloyd McClendon took exception to Tony La
Russa yelling at one of his pitchers.

"I'm not going to let anybody holler at my players," McClendon
said. "I don't apologize for anything I do between the lines."

Both managers were ejected with two outs in the top of the ninth
inning in St. Louis' 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh after Pirates
reliever Mike Gonzalez sent Tony Womack to the dirt with a high,
inside pitch.

Before Gonzalez's next pitch, La Russa yelled at him. That
prompted McClendon to storm out of his team's dugout and head
toward the Cardinals dugout to confront La Russa.

Plate umpire Brian Gorman and first-base umpire Dale Scott tried
to restrain McClendon, who forged ahead.

La Russa came onto the field, and the umpires stood between the
managers as they exchanged heated words along the first-base line
near the Cardinals dugout.

"(McClendon's) right, you shouldn't yell at other teams
players," La Russa said. "I mean, I don't like to do it, but when
it gets to be excessive -- that ball up in the head area -- it's
better to yell than for us to come back and throw at somebody's
head."

The benches and bullpens emptied, and there was physical contact
but no players were ejected.

La Russa criticized the Pirates' Ryan Vogelsong two nights
earlier after Vogelsong hit Scott Rolen in the head with a pitch.
Rolen later said he didn't believe the pitch was intentional.

Gonzalez, a rookie left-hander, said he wasnt trying to hit
Womack in a two-run game

"They were trying to intimidate me (from the dugout),"
Gonzalez said. "But I pitch inside, and Im going to continue to
pitch inside."

Womack wasn't pleased.

"I dont know what he was thinking, but I don't play around the
head," Womack said.

Said La Russa: "You can't read any minds, but it's very
suspicious."

McClendon said he doesn't fear a suspension even though he had
physical contact with the umpires.

"I didn't push an umpire," McClendon said.

When asked if he put his hands on any of the umpires, the
Pirates manager responded: "In a very kind way."

Television cameras caught McClendon in the runway to the dugout,
waving La Russa toward him as if he wanted to continue the
argument.

McClendon said he would quickly forget the incident, planned to
speak with La Russa and labeled him "a quality individual."

Rolen, who missed Wednesday's game with a mild concussion, had
three hits and two RBI, raising his league-leading total to 55.

Woody Williams (3-5) pitched six scoreless innings as the
Cardinals swept the four-game series, and improved to 19-9 on the
road, best in the National League.

Jason Isringhausen got four outs for his 11th save in 14
chances.

The Pirates lost their fifth in a row, and dropped to an
NL-worst 9-18 at home.

Williams and Pirates starter Oliver Perez (3-3) waged a
scoreless duel through five before the Cardinals scored twice in
the sixth.

After Edgar Renteria's two-out double, Perez hit Albert Pujols
with an 0-2 pitch. Rolen followed with a two-run double.

Woody Williams added a sacrifice fly in the seventh, scoring
catcher Yadier Molina, who had an eventful major league debut.

Molina, younger brother of Anaheim Angels catchers Benjie and
Jose Molina, tagged out Abraham Nunez on a collision in the second,
had two hits and threw out Jack Wilson attempting to steal in the
eighth.

Williams gave up six hits, struck out six and walked two in
six-plus innings.

In the first, Pirates catcher Jason Kendall extended his hitting
streak to 20 games with a single. It's the second-longest streak in
the NL this season. Arizona's Danny Bautista hit safely in 21
straight games in April.

Perez gave up five hits, struck out four and walked two in seven
innings.

Reggie Sanders hit an RBI double in the eighth to make it 4-0.

The Pirates scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on Rob
Mackowiak's sacrifice fly and Womack's fielding error at second
base. Isringhausen struck out Nunez to end the inning.

Game notes
Molina replaced injured catcher Mike Matheny, who was
placed on the 15-day DL with a strained muscle below his right rib
cage. ... It was "Classic Night" at PNC Park. Instead of live,
animated videos, the Jumbotron scoreboard remained static with an
image representing the scoreboard at old Forbes Field. There also
was no music other than an organist.