MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Watching the St. Louis Cardinals get their
100th win filled Tony La Russa with pride.
"A 100th win is a magic number," the Cardinals manager said
after Thursday's 4-2 win over Milwaukee. "It has significant
meaning for a team. It's a mark of excellence. You have to be
really good to get that number. Ninety-nine was a great number. One
hundred has a different feel."
St. Louis reached 100 wins for the first time since 1985 and the
seventh time overall as Yadier Molina hit his first major league
home run, a two-out drive in the eighth off Matt Wise (1-2) that
broke a 2-2 tie.
Hector Luna followed with his third homer of the season, his
fourth hit of the game. Wise had allowed just one homer this season
in 50 1/3 innings coming into the game.
"He just got two curveballs up a little bit," Milwaukee
manager Ned Yost said.
St. Louis (100-52), which clinched the NL Central title last
weekend, has 10 games remaining and can surpass its club record of
106 wins, set in 1942.
Dan Haren, pitching because Chris Carpenter strained his right
biceps, made his first start for St. Louis since Aug. 20. He
allowed one run and two hits in five innings and matched his career
high with six strikeouts.
"I was throwing a lot of fastballs," Haren said. "I tried to
stay down and ahead of the guys."
Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his league-leading 45th
save in 52 chances, completing a four-hitter. The last-place
Brewers, who made three errors, lost for the ninth time in 10
"You think you get to the bottom of the lineup and you would
get a bit of a breather," Yost said. "Not so."
St. Louis took a 2-0 lead with two outs in the first on
run-scoring singles by Molina and Luna, who had been in an 0-for-9
slide. Trent Durrington tripled in a run for Milwaukee in the
St. Louis loaded the bases with one out in the fifth before Ben
Hendrickson struck Reggie Sanders and John Mabry. Hendrickson, 1-7
this season, gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings. He had
not pitched since Sept. 10 because Milwaukee didn't want the rookie
to face Houston or San Francisco.
"You don't face the (Larry) Walkers and (Jim) Edmonds down in
Triple-A," Hendrickson said. "It's fun and has been a learning
Milwaukee sent INF Matt Erickson outright to Triple-A
Indianapolis. ... Haren was called for obstruction and given an
error trying to tag out Podsednik in the sixth. After Haren picked
Podsednik off of first base, he dropped a throw from SS Edgar
Renteria near first base during a rundown and forced Podsednik out
of the basepath. First base umpire Joe West awarded Podsednik
second base on the play. ... Haren struck out six on Aug. 6 last
year against Florida.