2:15 PM ET, July 8, 2007
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
• Summary: Barry Zito had another lackluster outing and the Cardinals avoided a sweep by routing the Giants.
• Goat: The Giants paid $126 million for this? Zito's winless streak stretched to six straight starts and his nine losses are a career-worst before the All-Star break.
• Bonds watch: Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 in his final game of the first half and remained at 751 home runs.
• Quotable: "I think the break will be good for me. I can assess what's going on, become objective and move forward, It's hard to sum up the first half in a couple of lines. ... Battling yourself is the key to everyone's failures. It's not me. It's the reason anyone struggles in this game." -- Zito.
-- ESPN.com news services
Cardinals 7, Giants 0
After the game, the Giants optioned Atchison to Triple-A Fresno to make roster room for RHP reliever Vinnie Chulk, who will come off the bereavement list before Friday's game. ... Zito allowed 21 runs in the first two innings of his 18 starts before the break. He went only four innings for the third time in his last six outings and has a 7.12 ERA during the stretch. ... St. Louis has won 10 of the last 11 games in which Wellemeyer has pitched, including seven of eight starts. ... Ludwick doubled for the fifth straight game. ... The Giants, 3-11 in their last 14 road games, were shut out for the eighth time this year.
Regular Season Series
|1st||A Pujols singled to right, B Ryan scored, R Ludwick to third.||0||1|
|1st||S Rolen hit sacrifice fly to right, R Ludwick scored, A Pujols to second.||0||2|
|2nd||B Ryan singled to center, A Miles scored, B Ryan to third on error by center fielder D Roberts.||0||3|
|2nd||R Ludwick doubled to left, B Ryan scored.||0||4|
|5th||C Duncan doubled to right, A Pujols and J Encarnacion scored, S Rolen to third.||0||6|
|7th||C Duncan singled to right, J Encarnacion scored, S Rolen to second.||0||7|
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|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||44,613 (101.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||90 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|