Who was that wearing number 35 for the Cardinals Wednesday night in Detroit?
Jake Westbrook, who looked clueless from the beginning of May through the middle of June, made his second nice start in a row against the Tigers. He threw a complete game, five-hitter to beat Detroit 3-1 and push the Redbirds back over the .500 mark.
Westbrook allowed a run in the third inning to put the Cardinals behind 1-0. But it was all St. Louis after that with Daniel Descalso tying the game on a sacrifice fly to left in the fifth, a run scoring when Yadier Molina hit into a double play with the bases loaded and no one out in the sixth and Molina plating another run in the eighth when he reached base on an error.
In addition to Westbrook's great start -- in which he struck out five and walked one while lowering his season ERA to 3.83 -- Rafael Furcal showed signs of life.
St. Louis' badly slumping shortstop collected two hits in five at bats to level off his plummeting batting average at .285.
Although they only scored two runs against him, the Cardinals peppered Detroit starter Rick Porcello with 10 hits over seven innings and allowed him only two strikeouts.
The Birds moved back over the .500 mark at 35-34 and gained a game against the Reds who got bombed by in-state interleague rival Cleveland. St. Louis, tied for the biggest run differential in the National League at +50, is in third place, 3 1/2 games back of Cincinnati.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carlos Beltran was 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks and raised his average to .311 for the season.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Matt Adams snared a line drive down the first base line in the ninth inning to prevent the Tigers from starting a rally.
Lowlight: Rightfielder Allen Craig appeared to jam his wrist diving for a ball. Hopefully he'll feel better in the morning. The last thing the Redbirds need right now is another stay on the disabled list for one of their starters.