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Pujols' 20th home run powers St. Louis past Kansas City

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals overcame a five-run deficit in a 9-6 victory over the reeling Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Scott Rolen and So Taguchi also drove in two runs in the always-spirited interleague matchup between the team with the best record in the NL and the team with the poorest record in the majors. The Royals' seventh straight loss dropped them to 10-29, the worst mark after 39 games in the history of a franchise which has lost at least 100 games in three of the past four seasons.

Pujols hit Mark Redman's 1-1 pitch over the wall in center field after Scott Spiezio led off the fourth with a single. Pujols' major league-leading 20th homer snapped an 0-for-13 skid and gave him 50 RBI, also baseball's best. Another run scored on Redman's wild pitch and Taguchi had an RBI groundout to cut it to 5-4.

Chris Carpenter (4-2) went six innings for the win and was charged with six runs and nine hits. He walked three and struck out eight. His ERA, No. 2 in the league coming in at 1.98, rose to 2.63.

Adam Wainwright tossed 2 2/3 shutout innings for his first save. He walked one and didn't allow a hit.

Handed a 5-0 lead after three, Redman (0-4) still failed to get his first win in 16 starts dating to last July 24.

He went four-plus innings, allowing six runs and seven hits with two walks and a strikeout. Two wild pitches raised his total to seven, tying Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera for the league high.

In front of a nearly packed house that seemed roughly divided among St. Louis and Kansas City fans, the Royals loaded the bases in the third inning and got three runs on two groundouts and John Buck's RBI single. Reggie Sanders' two-run homer in the third put the Royals ahead 5-0 in the third.

But the Cardinals scored four in the fourth and five in the fifth en route to their 10th win in 13 games. They have beaten the Royals in eight of their last nine meetings and are a season-high 12 games above .500.

After Spiezio's RBI single tied it at five in the fifth, Joel Peralta relieved and gave up, in succession, a single to Pujols, a two-run double to Rolen and an RBI triple to Juan Encarnacion.

The Royals got a run in the sixth on Doug Mientkiewicz's RBI double.


For the first time since 2003, the Cardinals and Royals will play a home-and-home interleague series. KC will visit St. Louis June 30-July 2. ... St. Louis planned to recall RHP Anthony Reyes from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday and give him his second major league start. ... CF Shane Costa misplayed Encarnacion's triple in the fifth but made a great diving catch of Jim Edmonds' drive in the seventh.

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Albert Pujols hits his 20th home run to help the Cardinals erase a five-run deficit.  (AP)
Albert Pujols hits his 20th home run to help the Cardinals erase a five-run deficit. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

R. Sanders
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5110003 .317
Scott Spiezio, DH4231100 .308
Albert Pujols, 1B5222004 .319
Scott Rolen, 3B3222110 .301
Juan Encarnacion, RF5221002 .227
Jim Edmonds, CF5000015 .252
So Taguchi, LF3002000 .239
Yadier Molina, C3000101 .165
Hector Luna, 2B4020001 .338
2B - Scott Rolen (9, Peralta), Juan Encarnacion (3, Redman)
3B - Juan Encarnacion (3, Peralta)
HR - Albert Pujols (20, Redman)
SH - So Taguchi (3)
RBI - Scott Spiezio (15), Albert Pujols 2 (50), Scott Rolen 2 (22), Juan Encarnacion (15), So Taguchi 2 (13)
Team LOB - 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (W,4-2) 6966381 2.63
Tyler Johnson (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Adam Wainwright (S,1) 2.2000110 1.37
HBP - Sanders (by Chris Carpenter)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 107-67, Tyler Johnson 1-1, Adam Wainwright 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 9-1, Tyler Johnson 1-0, Adam Wainwright 6-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 31, Tyler Johnson 1, Adam Wainwright 9
Kansas City Royals
Shane Costa, CF5120031 .323
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5000022 .307
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4121100 .256
Reggie Sanders, RF4212023 .227
Matt Stairs, DH4110100 .226
Emil Brown, LF2010201 .220
Tony Graffanino, 3B4111011 .256
Angel Berroa, SS4001004 .238
John Buck, C4011010 .262
2B - Shane Costa (5, Carpenter), Doug Mientkiewicz (9, Carpenter), Matt Stairs (4, Carpenter)
HR - Reggie Sanders (5, Carpenter)
RBI - Doug Mientkiewicz (12), Reggie Sanders 2 (18), Tony Graffanino (11), Angel Berroa (12), John Buck (12)
2-OUT RBI - Doug Mientkiewicz (2), John Buck (6)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Grudzielanek-Berroa-Mientkiewicz, Mientkiewicz
E - Angel Berroa (6, misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Mark Redman (L,0-4) 4766211 6.88
Joel Peralta 3433010 3.94
Joe Nelson 1100100 0.00
Mike Wood 1000000 2.73
HBP - Rolen (by Mike Wood)
WP - Mark Redman 2 (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 83-47, Joel Peralta 36-23, Joe Nelson 25-14, Mike Wood 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 7-3, Joel Peralta 5-3, Joe Nelson 2-2, Mike Wood 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 20, Joel Peralta 13, Joe Nelson 6, Mike Wood 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33045
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt