Box Score: Indians 4, Cardinals 1

Kip. Kip. Boom.

That’s the story of this one as Cardinals closer Jason Motte challenged Jason Kipnis with a 98 mph fastball that he deposited into the right field seats for a three-run homer that gave the Tribe a 4-1 victory. That Kipnis blast came after a dramatic bottom of the eighth where Vinnie Pestano walked the bases loaded with one out and then struck out Yadier Molina and Allen Craig. Chris Perez came on for the save (and the vomit). Pestano came away with the win, but Ubaldo Jimenez had perhaps his best outing of the season with seven strong innings, zero walks, and one mistake, a first-inning homer allowed to Carlos Beltran. The Tribe, now one-half game behind Chicago once again, is off tomorrow and opens a three-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Scoring Summary
Bot 1st: St. Louis
– C. Beltran homered to deep right center
Top 3rd: Cleveland
– C. Santana hit sacrifice fly to left, S. Choo scored
Top 9th: Cleveland
– J. Kipnis homered to deep right, J. Damon and A. Cabrera scored
S. Choo rf512000101.272
A. Cabrera ss411001001.296
J. Kipnis 2b413311011.285
C. Santana 1b-c300101203.225
M. Brantley cf501000105.286
J. Lopez 3b-1b-3b400000001.263
S. Duncan lf402000101.208
    A. Cunningham lf000000000.200
L. Marson c200001101.208
    L. Chisenhall ph-3b100000000.206
    C. Kotchman 1b000000000.219
U. Jimenez p300000304.000
    V. Pestano p000000000.000
    J. Damon ph111000000.190
    C. Perez p000000000.000
2B – S Choo (16, J Kelly); J Kipnis (6, J Kelly).
HR – J Kipnis (10, 9th inning off J Motte 2 on, 1 Out).
SF – C Santana.
RBI – J Kipnis 3 (39), C Santana (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Santana 1, M Brantley 2, U Jimenez 2.
Team LOB – 10.
 Base Running
SB – J Kipnis (15, 2nd base off M Rzepczynski/Y Molina).
DP – 1 (J Kipnis-A Cabrera-C Santana).
 St. Louis
R. Furcal ss300001001.304
C. Beltran rf312111000.290
Y. Molina c400000204.330
A. Craig lf400000203.345
    J. Motte p000000000.000
M. Adams 1b400000100.254
D. Freese 3b402000100.266
D. Descalso 2b401000202.230
A. Chambers cf400000102.214
J. Kelly p100000100.000
    V. Marte p000000000.000
    S. Robinson ph101000000.284
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    T. Greene ph-lf000001010.208
HR – C Beltran (18, 1st inning off U Jimenez 0 on, 1 Out).
RBI – C Beltran (46).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – Y Molina 1, A Craig 2.
GIDP – R Furcal.
Team LOB – 7.
 Base Running
SB – T Greene (7, 2nd base off V Pestano/C Santana).
U. Jimenez7.05110711.594.91
V. Pestano (W, 3-0)1.00003201.092.19
C. Perez (S, 20)1.01000101.032.59
 St. Louis
J. Kelly5.07111401.601.80
V. Marte1.00001201.213.95
M. Rzepczynski1.01001101.244.76
M. Boggs1.00000001.122.02
J. Motte (L, 3-3)1.02331211.013.71
WP – U Jimenez, J Kelly.
Pitches-strikes – U Jimenez 102-67; V Pestano 32-17; C Perez 15-11; J Motte 29-16; J Kelly 79-51; V Marte 18-9; M Rzepczynski 20-10; M Boggs 9-7.
Ground balls-fly balls – U Jimenez 7-7; V Pestano 1-0; C Perez 1-2; J Motte 2-1; J Kelly 6-8; V Marte 0-1; M Rzepczynski 2-1; M Boggs 2-1.
Batters faced – U Jimenez 25; V Pestano 6; C Perez 4; J Motte 6; J Kelly 23; V Marte 4; M Rzepczynski 5; M Boggs 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Wally Bell. 1B–Brian Knight. 2B–Mike Winters. 3B–Mark Wegner.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, right to left.