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Pujols gets back to homer-hitting ways as Cards avoid sweep

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ST. LOUIS -- Jason Marquis was ready to pitch as long as he needed to go to snap his personal two-game losing streak.

Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and Marquis pitched seven innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

"I kept the pitches down in the zone when I needed to. And I'm just glad to get back on track," Marquis said.

"I kept it simple. I went after hitters with my sinker, early and often, and I got good results."

Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds also homered for the second straight game for the Cardinals, who had lost nine of their last 10. Pujols went 3-for-5 with four RBI.

"It's part of the game," Pujols said of the Cardinals' recent problems. "I would say it's better to struggle right now than later on, because your body, later on, wears out."

St. Louis grabbed a one-game lead over the Reds for first place in the NL Central with the win. Cleveland beat Cincinnati 6-3 Sunday.

Marquis (10-6) had dropped his previous two starts. He allowed four runs and nine hits, struck out five and walked one against Kansas City.

Marquis threw 112 pitches in 95-degree heat and gave a lift to the Cardinals' beleaguered bullpen, which had lost the last two games in extra innings.

"That doesn't enter your mind you go out there pitching to win," Marquis said about preserving the bullpen. "If that means going five or six innings doing your job, that's what it means. I tried to go as long as I could and tried to get guys out."

Mike Wood (3-4) lost his fourth straight start. He lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs and seven hits. The Royals completed their road trip with a 3-3 record and have won seven of their last 11.

"I just didn't have it, I pitched bad," said Wood, who struck out four and walked four. "I left the ball up. I didn't give us a chance in the third inning."

The Cardinals scored six runs in the third with the help of a hit batter and three walks. With one out, David Eckstein, who had been 0-for-9, singled and John Rodriguez walked. Pujols then hit a 1-1 pitch for his 27th homer to make it 3-1.

Wood hit Rolen with a pitch and walked Edmonds and Scott Spiezio ahead of Yadier Molina's two-run single. One batter later, Marquis singled in Spiezio.

Rolen and Edmonds hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth to make it 8-1.

After allowing one run and two hits in the first inning, Marquis scattered four hits over the next five innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

The Royals scored three runs in the eighth. Tony Graffanino singled in a run and pinch-hitter Reggie Sanders drove in two with a base hit.

Pujols singled in a run in the eighth.

Notes

David DeJesus went 3-for-5 for Kansas City. He has a nine-game hitting streak (21-for-42, .500). ... Rolen's home run, measured at 446 feet, was the longest by a Cardinal in the new ballpark. Cleveland's Todd Hollandsworth also hit a home run this season measured at 446 feet. ... Pujols tied Ray Lankford for third place on the Cardinals' career home run list with 228.

 
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H 3
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RBI 4
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H 3
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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF-CF5131002
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5000002
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4120112
Emil Brown, RF5131011
Mark Teahen, 3B5221003
Tony Graffanino, SS5022003
John Buck, C5210013
Joey Gathright, CF3000001
    Esteban German, LF0000100
Mike Wood, P2000010
    Jeremy Affeldt, P1000011
   a- Matt Stairs, PH0000000
   b- Reggie Sanders, PH1012000
    Andrew Sisco, P0000000
Totals4171472518 
a-announced for Affeldt in the 8th
b-singled for Stairs in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mark Teahen (, Marquis), Tony Graffanino (, Looper), John Buck (, Marquis)
RBI - David DeJesus (), Emil Brown (), Mark Teahen (), Tony Graffanino 2 (), Reggie Sanders 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (), Emil Brown (), Mark Teahen (), Tony Graffanino (), Reggie Sanders 2 ()
Team LOB - 9
Kansas City Royals
Mike Wood (L,-) 4.2788443
Jeremy Affeldt 2.1200010
Andrew Sisco 1211110
HBP - Rolen (by Mike Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Wood 100-57, Jeremy Affeldt 30-21, Andrew Sisco 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Wood 3-6, Jeremy Affeldt 3-3, Andrew Sisco 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Wood 25, Jeremy Affeldt 9, Andrew Sisco 6
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4120100
John Rodriguez, RF3110221
Albert Pujols, 1B5134001
Scott Rolen, 3B4211006
Jim Edmonds, CF3211112
Scott Spiezio, LF3100100
    Brad Thompson, P0000000
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000
    Braden Looper, P0000000
Yadier Molina, C4012020
Aaron Miles, 2B4000012
Jason Marquis, P3011000
    So Taguchi, LF1110000
Totals3491195612 
Batting
HR - Albert Pujols (, Wood), Scott Rolen (, Wood), Jim Edmonds (, Wood)
RBI - Albert Pujols 4 (), Scott Rolen (), Jim Edmonds (), Yadier Molina 2 (), Jason Marquis ()
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (), Jason Marquis ()
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis (W,-) 7944150
Brad Thompson 0.2111100
Tyler Johnson (H,) 0.1100000
Braden Looper 1322000
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 112-72, Brad Thompson 14-8, Tyler Johnson 2-2, Braden Looper 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 8-8, Brad Thompson 2-0, Braden Looper 3-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 31, Brad Thompson 4, Tyler Johnson 2, Braden Looper 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45400
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt