Skip Schumaker gets a gift from the umps (Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

The Cardinals set a franchise record this afternoon winning their 18 th game in the month of April.  5-2 against Cincinnati, to take two out of three from the Reds.

Cardinals starter Braden Looper went six innings and shook off a rough two run 2 nd inning and got plenty of offensive support.  Rick Ankiel went 3 for 3 with two RBI.

In the 2 nd , the Cardinals had two outs, then got a walk from Chris Duncan and a base hit by Jason LaRue.  Looper battled off a couple of pitches and grounded a base hit to load the bases.  A low pitch from Reds’ starter Aaron Harang bounced in low that catcher David Ross blocked, but the ball went too far out in front of the plate and Duncan came in to score. 

In the 3 rd , Skip Schumaker scored on a single by Aaron Miles and appeared to be tagged out, but was called safe.  The Cards added two more that inning to go up 5-2.  They would add some insurance in the 7 th and Jason Isringhausen would save this three run lead for Looper to pick up his 9 th save.  Day off tomorrow, then the Cubs in for three.  No worse than a tie for first.