Lance Berkman Continues His Epic Streak

ST. LOUIS — Lance Berkman cautions that the season still is young, but his stock continued to soar Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

The switch-hitting Berkman, batting from his weaker right side, popped a three-run homer to left on reliever Mike Dunn’s first pitch, highlighting a four-run eighth inning that catapulted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 victory over Florida.

“It’s good to win a game that’s tough, hard-fought,” said Berkman, who connected with a high fastball over the middle of the plate. “I felt good about putting us up right there. I tried to be aggressive, and hopefully he made a mistake in the strike zone. You’re not going to get him too many times.
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Lance Berkman circles the bases after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning, which proved to be the game-winner, putting the Cardinals over the Marlins, 6-3. – Tim Vizer/BND

“All in all, a real good day.”

The latest in a series of good days for Berkman. The 35-year-old right fielder, who also had a game-tying sacrifice fly in the sixth, has a major league-high 32 RBIs in 29 games to go with a .392 average, a .462 on-base percentage and a .775 slugging percentage.

“I’m trying not to think too much about it,” said Berkman, who signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Cardinals in December. “I mean, I’m just going up there and trying to have good at-bats. It’s been a good run.

“I feel good. The swing feels good, the body feels pretty good. It’s been helpful that Tony (La Russa) has given me a day here and there to kind of get my legs back under me. He’s done a tremendous job working other guys in there, and that’s been beneficial to me to.

“Hopefully, it will last, but it’s a long season and we have a long way to go.”

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