Cardinals 12, Angels 2

Joe Haakenson, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The St. Louis Cardinals rode a seven-run second inning to a 12-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.
Matt Carpenter had three hits, including a home run and a double, scored three times and drove in three to lead the Cardinals' offense in support of Shelby Miller. (9-6). The 22-year-old right-hander gave up two runs and five hits in six innings as the Cardinals stopped the Angels' winning streak at seven.
The only offense the Angels could muster off Miller was Hank Conger's two-run home run in the bottom of the second. By that time, the Cardinals were comfortably ahead.
Angels starter Jerome Williams worked a 1-2-3 first inning only to fall apart in the second. Williams (5-4) didn't make it out of the inning, surrendering four hits and four walks before manager Mike Scioscia came out with the hook.
The win enabled the Cardinals, who had lost four of their first six games on the current road trip, to keep pace with the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central, two games out of the top spot.
Yadier Molina had three hits, Jon Jay had two hits including a home run, and Daniel Descalso also had two hits for the Cardinals, who finished with 13 in all off four Angels pitchers. Cardinals relievers Keith Butler (1 2/3 innings), Kevin Siegrist (one inning) and Randy Choate (one-third of an inning) finished up for Miller.
In the second, Williams walked four batters and gave up five hits, including a two-run homer to Jay that nearly was another Mike Trout highlight-reel catch. Trout momentarily had the ball in his glove as he reached over the center field fence, but the ball squirted out and Trout angrily pounded his glove when he came down and realized he didn't make the grab.
The Angels got a couple runs back in their half of the second inning on Conger's homer.
The Cardinals increased their lead to 8-2 in the third inning when David Freese led off the inning with a single and eventually scored on an error by pitcher Garrett Richards.
An RBI double by Carpenter and an RBI single by Jay made it 10-2 in the fifth inning.
NOTES: Cardinals LF Matt Holliday was not in the starting lineup for the second game in a row because of a stiff neck. Holliday, who is hitting .263 (5-for-19) on the current trip, is listed as day-to-day. ... St. Louis RHP Adam Wainwright was selected the NL Pitcher of the month for June after going 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA in six starts. ... St. Louis CF Jon Jay completed his 226th consecutive errorless game, tying the Cardinals' all-time errorless-game streak for outfielders, set by Curt Flood from 1965-67. Jay has the longest active errorless streak among major league center fielders. ... Angels RF Josh Hamilton went 1-for-2, extending his hitting streak to eight games. It's his longest streak since an 11-game run Aug. 2-13 last season while with the Texas Rangers. ... Los Angeles LF J.B. Shuck was in the leadoff spot for the 10th time this season. The Angels are 8-2 in those games. Overall, Shuck is hitting .347 (17-for-49) in his past 15 games.