John Tudor's return to the St. Louis Cardinals is starting to make people forget about his injury-plagued stint in Los Angeles.
Tudor scattered five hits over eight innings and Pedro Guerrero hit a two-run homer Monday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tudor, 3-0, added another line to his successful comeback from elbow and shoulder problems that plagued him since he arrived in Los Angeles in an August 1988 trade. He returned to the Cardinals by signing as a free agent over the winter.
"Three-and-oh (Tudor's record) looks pretty good when you're only 6-8," St. Louis Manager Whitey Herzog said. "He's already stopped three losing streaks and we've only played two weeks. We might pitch him tomorrow."
Tudor, befuddling the Pirates by mixing the speed on his pitches, broke a four-game St. Louis losing streak and a five-game home skid.
"You don't want to go on a long road trip losing five games at home," Tudor said. "I was throwing right down the middle of the plate, but they hit it right at the guys. They were getting some pitches to hit."
"I'm surprised Whitey (Herzog, St. Louis manager) didn't take me out . . ." said Tudor. "The fact we scored six or seven runs helped me go eight innings. I'm sure they got some guys over in the other locker room kicking themselves."
Tudor's outing was his longest of the season. His string of 13 scoreless innings this season and 19 dating back to last year ended in the first inning, but he allowed just three runs on five hits. Tudor's ERA is 0.42.
"We had a chance to knock him out early," Pittsburgh Manager Jim Leyland said. "But we didn't and he got better as he went along. Good pitchers are that way."
The Cardinals pounded Pittsburgh pitching for 12 hits. Bob Walk, 0-3, lasted just four innings. Walk, who had won eight of his last 11 decisions, allowed eight hits and five runs, three earned.
Pittsburgh's loss snapped a four-game road winning streak. The Pirates are on a 13-game road trip.
Guerrero's two-out home run in the third inning gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead. With one out, Ozzie Smith reached on a error by first baseman Gary Redus. One out later, Guerrero slammed a 3-2 fastball over the left-field wall for his third homer of the season.
"I feel like I hit better when it's warmer," said Guerrero, who hit a grand slam Saturday. "I wish I had it in my contract just to play when it's warm. I'm more relaxed at the plate.
"I want to do better. I don't like seeing my average below .300."