Pujols pops out to short on the second pitch. The score remains 1-1.
"I'm just real proud of the way he stepped up for us. I had a feeling he would go out and compete the way he did, and he gave us a chance to win the game. He did a great job." -- Randolph, on Perez
The next time Randolph almost isn't so lucky
With one out and no one on in the sixth, Perez has just walked Jim Edmonds on a full count. At this point, Perez has thrown 87 pitches.
Randolph goes to the mound to chat with the 25-year-old left-hander and leaves him in to pitch to Scott Rolen.
Rolen hits the first pitch deep to left, where a leaping Endy Chavez steals the potential two-run homer just over the fence one-handed, keeping the score 1-1. Edmonds, running on the play, is doubled up at first. Perez is gone as the seventh begins.
"I asked him how he felt really. I felt he had enough to go against Rolen. I liked the matchup with Rolen. He has a good high fastball and I thought he pitched to him pretty well tonight. I pushed him to get another out, and Chavy made a great play to jump up there and snatch it." -- Randolph
Now it's Tony's turn
Bottom of the sixth, runners on second and third with one out after third baseman Rolen fields David Wright's roller and tosses the ball in the stands behind first base for an error. Shawn Green is due up.
La Russa has Suppan walk Green intentionally to load the bases.
Jose Valentin strikes out swinging and Chavez hits the first pitch meekly to center, ending the inning with the score still tied, 1-1.
"Right away, they get a break, and the break is the ball slipped, the grass was wet and Scott had to hurry and made an error. It happens. But, yeah, that was one of the real key turning points of the game because Supp kept his composure, made great pitches and got out of it. The game could have gotten away right there." -- La Russa
"Scott, he's just made so many tremendous plays; that was a very tough play. I moved on. As soon as the runner got on first, that was over with. I had to focus on who I was facing next." -- Suppan