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Cardinals vs. Angels, May 21

It was pretty exciting to see Cardinals starter Brad Penny blast a grand slam to help his team to an 9-5 win over the Angels.

But I would give it back to avoid seeing him leave the game a few minutes later with a strained muscle in his back.

Penny was spotted a 2-0 lead when Colby Rasmus tripled home Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols in the first inning. But in the top of the second he was hit hard and often with several Halos hitters knocking line drives right back up through the middle. Before the frame was over, Anaheim was up 4-2 and the Birds looked like they were in trouble.

But in the bottom of the inning Skip Schumaker doubled and Felipe Lopez tripled to cut the deficit to one. The Ryan Ludwick's bloop tied the game.

In the bottom of the third with two out David Freese singled and Yadier Molina doubled. Schumaker was intentionally walked to bring Penny to the plate and the Cardinals hurler hit a no doubter over the left field wall for a grand slam. While the crowd stood and cheered for a curtain call Felipe Lopez homered just over the wall in right to give the Cardinals a 9-4 lead.

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Cardinals starter Brad Penny walks off the field before the top of the fourth inning Friday night. He has a pulled muscle in his back and is to have an MRI Saturday. AP photo.

Four Cardinals relievers combined to allow one run in six innings. Penny, a hard luck loser three times already this season, had to settle for the game-winning RBI while Jason Motte, who pitched two terrific innings, got the victory.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Felipe Lopez was 2-for-5 with a homer.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Penny's grand slam.

Lowlight: Penny's injury.