Mark Mulder didn’t have to be perfect to win his seventh game on Wednesday—his teammates piled on the offense with an 11-6 win over the Pirates at Busch Stadium. St. Louis gave him a 6-0 lead by the time he took the mound in the fifth inning. But Mulder didn’t exactly put it on cruise control. He allowed three runs off six hits and a walk with four strikeouts to improve to 7-1.
Al Reyes pitched the eighth inning and put the Pirates down in order, but Gabe White struggled in the ninth. He worked around three hits and two runs to close out the contest.
At the plate, Yadier Molina proved to be the Pirates’ biggest enemy. The Cardinals’ catcher went 4-for-4 with four RBI’s and two runs. His two-run single gave St. Louis a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning. He struck again in the seventh inning with another two-run single.
Shortstop David Eckstein was responsible for St. Louis’ first two runs when he blasted a two-run homer in the third inning off Pittsburgh starter Mark Redman. Eckstein finished with three RBI’s. Redman completed four innings and was charged with six runs for the loss.
The Cardinals have dominated the Pirates lately, beating them 12 straight times.