Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa moved into sole possession of third place all-time for managerial wins, as St. Louis topped Pittsburgh 6-3 on Thursday. LaRussa won his 2,195th game, passing Sparky Anderson.
The only two other managers in Major League history with more wins than LaRussa are John McGraw (2,763) and Connie Mack (3,731).
Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujos got things going for the Cardinals in the first inning with back-to-back homers. It was Edmonds’ 22nd of the season and Pujols’ 35th. Edmonds struck again in the seventh inning with an RBI double to score David Eckstein.
Edmonds, Pujols, Yadier Molina, So Taguchi and John Rodriguez, who hit second through sixth in last night’s lineup, all drove in runs.
On the mound, Matt Morris allowed two runs off nine hits and no walks to earn his 14th win of the season. Jason Isringhausen didn’t allow a hit or a run in the final inning and a third of the game to earn his 34th save.