Tigers Rip Cards In World Series Rematch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The World Series rematch was a mismatch. This time, the Tigers came out on top.
Andrew Miller pitched six scoreless innings in his first major league start and Detroit scored nine runs in the fifth inning of a 14-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez homered early for the Tigers, who lost to St. Louis in five games last October. They went ahead 2-0 on Sheffield's liner over the left-field wall in the first and had the game well in hand when -- you guessed it -- a Detroit pitcher made yet another error against the Cardinals.
Jason Grilli threw away a pickoff attempt in the eighth, but by then Detroit held a huge lead. Tigers pitchers made a record five errors in the World Series last year.
The Tigers scored one run in the third inning on Ordonez's homer and added two in the fourth before 13 batters came to the plate in the nine-run fifth -- the most runs they've scored in an inning this season.
That was more than enough support for Miller, the sixth pick overall in the June draft last year. In one game, Detroit also surpassed the 11 total runs it scored in the 2006 World Series.
Albert Pujols hit his seventh homer in the ninth for St. Louis.
Miller (1-0) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out two. He started in place of Jeremy Bonderman, on the disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger, after making eight relief appearances last year.
Braden Looper (5-3) gave up a career-high seven runs and nine hits over four-plus innings. He allowed only one run in his two previous starts and entered the game among NL leaders with a 2.29 ERA.
The Tigers, who set a season high for runs and hits (18), chased Looper and his replacement in the fifth. Kelvin Jimenez got only one out and allowed seven runs, five hits and two walks.
Sean Casey started the outburst with a two-run single, Curtis Granderson had a two-run single and Placido Polanco added a two-run double in the nine-run inning.
Grilli replaced Miller in the seventh and got the first out before Chris Duncan's double and Pujols' single made it 14-2. David Eckstein added an RBI single in the eighth.


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