Tony La Russa joined a very exclusive fraternity on Wednesday. He became the 8th manager in Major League history to win 2,000 games in his career. La Russa, who’s in his 25th season as a manager, won 522 games with the Chicago White Sox, 798 with the Oakland A’s and now 680 with the Cardinals. Luckily, for him, his team allowed him to savor the final innings of his milestone victory by beating putting the outcome a foregone conclusion; they beat the Rockies 10-2. Brett Tomko was the starting and closing pitcher, throwing a complete game. Tomko allowed six hits, now walks and struck out eight to improve to 12-8 on the season. Offensively, the Cardinals went deep four times. Albert Pujols hit his 40th and 41st home runs of the season. Scott Rolen his is 27th and J.D. Drew hit his 14th. Despite the win, the Cardinals remained two-and-a-half games out of first in the National League Central as the Astros leapfrogged the Cubs for first place.
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