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Pujols closes win over Dodgers with walk-off HR in 14th

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Extra innings means extra chances for Albert Pujols. For the second time in three long games he came through with a game-winning home run.

Pujols' league-leading 30th homer with one out in the 14th inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, their third straight win in extra innings. He nearly ended the game with a homer in the ninth with a ball that died at the warning track in center, and grounded out in the 12th.

"You give Albert enough chances in any situations he's going to come through," reliever Adam Wainwright said. "He's proven that time and time again this year.

"It's almost surprising that he didn't do it before he did, he's that good of a player."

Jim Edmonds hit a game-tying two-run home run in the seventh and made a running catch at the warning track to rob Andre Ethier in the 13th for the NL Central leaders, who have won four in a row. They've played a total of 36 innings in the last three games, the first two victories coming against Houston before the All-Star break.

Pujols also homered off the Astros' Roy Oswalt to end a 10-inning game on Saturday. He has seven career game-winning homers and two this season after hitting a 3-1 pitch from Odalis Perez (4-4) well over the left-field wall into the visitor's bullpen.

"Anytime you hit a walk-off home run that's the best home run in the game," Pujols said. "A long night like this, your first game coming back from the break, it's pretty tough.

"We battled through, we were focused. I'm glad we're done playing."

Perez said he was trying to walk Pujols on a 3-2 count. Pujols is 10-for-15 against Perez with five homers.

"He went out and got it," Perez said. "It was a changeup away."

Manager Grady Little said he preferred to challenge Pujols, no matter who was pitching to him.

"Sooner or later, you've got to do something," Little said. "There's not enough bases out there to intentionally walk everybody you want to."

Braden Looper (5-1) allowed one hit in the top of the 14th to help the Cardinals win their first game after the break for the third straight season.

Nomar Garciaparra of the Dodgers hit a two-run homer in the third to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. It's the second-longest streak in the majors this year, trailing only Edgar Renteria's 23-game run in April.

But Garciaparra struck out with runners on first and third against Wainwright for the last out in the 10th, and lined out against Josh Hancock with a runner on second to end the 12th.

Rafael Furcal had four hits, two doubles, and a stolen base for the Dodgers and is batting .429 (15-for-35) during an eight-game hitting streak. He's a career .372 hitter against St. Louis.

Edmonds' two-run homer in the seventh off Giovanni Carrara tied it at 2.

Cardinals starter Jason Marquis worked eight innings in his third straight effective outing, allowing two runs and six hits. Marquis has a 5.34 overall ERA but he's 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA the last three times out, although he leads the NL with 21 homers allowed.

Dodgers rookie starter Chad Billingsley worked around five walks in five scoreless innings, three times escaping bases loaded situations. The 21-year-old Billingsley, a first-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2003, has 24 walks in 27 innings in the last five starts of his six-start career.

The Dodgers' Jeff Kent, playing for the first time in seven games due to a strained left side muscle, was 0-for-3. He was removed in a double switch in the sixth inning.

"It's a situation where we didn't want to push him a lot in his first game back," Little said "He did fine and he'll be back in there tomorrow."

Notes

  • Edmonds has 221 homers with the Cardinals, breaking a tie with Mark McGwire for fourth on the team's career list.
  • Garciaparra is 32-for-89 (.360) during his hitting streak, the Dodgers' longest since Paul Lo Duca hit in 25 straight in 2003.
  • The last time the Cardinals won three straight extra-inning games was June 1-3, 1988.
 
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Albert Pujols hits a 3-2 offering from Odalis Perez over the left field wall to win the game. (AP)
Albert Pujols hits a 3-2 offering from Odalis Perez over the left field wall to win the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS7140003 .273
Kenny Lofton, CF4000003 .291
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000012 .296
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Kemp, PH1000011 .279
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Toby Hall, C0000000 .238
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B6112015 .354
J.D. Drew, RF4000210 .283
Jeff Kent, 2B3000022 .269
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
    Jose Cruz Jr., CF3000001 .241
Andre Ethier, LF6010010 .345
Cesar Izturis, 3B5020101 .293
Russell Martin, C5010102 .286
    Odalis Perez, P0000000 .067
Chad Billingsley, P2000012 .167
    Ramon Martinez, 2B4020000 .333
Totals5121124822 
a-struck out for Broxton in the 10th
b-struck out for Beimel in the 12th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal 2 (14, Marquis, Hancock), Cesar Izturis (4, Marquis), Russell Martin (13, Wainwright)
HR - Nomar Garciaparra (12, Marquis)
RBI - Nomar Garciaparra 2 (55)
2-OUT RBI - Nomar Garciaparra 2 (20)
SB - Rafael Furcal (22, 2nd base off Marquis/Molina)
CS - Cesar Izturis (3, 2nd base by Marquis/Molina)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley 5600540 4.45
Giovanni Carrara (BS,1) 2222011 4.05
Jonathan Broxton 2100010 3.29
Joe Beimel 2000000 3.09
Takashi Saito 2000310 2.05
Odalis Perez (L,4-4) 0.1111001 6.79
IBB - Rolen by Takashi Saito
HBP - Pujols (by Chad Billingsley)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 97-50, Giovanni Carrara 28-18, Jonathan Broxton 26-18, Joe Beimel 15-10, Takashi Saito 42-22, Odalis Perez 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 5-4, Giovanni Carrara 2-3, Jonathan Broxton 2-3, Joe Beimel 4-2, Takashi Saito 2-3
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 25, Giovanni Carrara 8, Jonathan Broxton 7, Joe Beimel 6, Takashi Saito 9, Odalis Perez 2
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS6010103 .309
Scott Spiezio, LF3000111 .281
    So Taguchi, LF2000110 .292
Albert Pujols, 1B6121000 .317
Scott Rolen, 3B4120212 .333
Jim Edmonds, CF5112125 .261
Chris Duncan, RF4000106 .263
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Hector Luna, 2B1000002 .303
Yadier Molina, C6010003 .221
Aaron Miles, 2B5020000 .263
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Weaver, PH1000010 .250
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
Jason Marquis, P3010010 .200
   b- John Rodriguez, PH1000001 .305
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .333
    Juan Encarnacion, RF1000100 .273
Totals4831038723 
a-struck out for Hancock in the 13th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Marquis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (11, Billingsley), Scott Rolen (29, Carrara)
HR - Albert Pujols (30, O. Perez), Jim Edmonds (11, Carrara)
RBI - Albert Pujols (77), Jim Edmonds 2 (49)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Edmonds 2 (19)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Miles-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis 8622241 5.34
Tyler Johnson 0.1000010 6.19
Adam Wainwright 1.2300020 2.72
Jason Isringhausen 1000200 3.27
Josh Hancock 2100010 3.26
Braden Looper (W,5-1) 1100000 3.86
IBB - Izturis by Jason Isringhausen
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 93-59, Tyler Johnson 4-3, Adam Wainwright 33-22, Jason Isringhausen 25-12, Josh Hancock 20-14, Braden Looper 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 8-10, Adam Wainwright 2-1, Jason Isringhausen 2-1, Josh Hancock 1-4, Braden Looper 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 30, Tyler Johnson 1, Adam Wainwright 8, Jason Isringhausen 5, Josh Hancock 7, Braden Looper 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45156
Game Time - 4:21
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Chris Guccione