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Pujols' two home runs power Cardinals past Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Unlike the home team, Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals have no trouble putting on a show at Petco Park.

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Pujols hit two mighty home runs, and Cesar Izturis and Ryan Ludwick also went yard in leading the Cardinals to an 8-2 victory against the punchless San Diego Padres on Monday night.

If getting routed at home wasn't bad enough, the Padres learned that ace Jake Peavy is headed to the 15-day disabled list with swelling in his pitching elbow. An MRI exam earlier Monday showed no structural damage.

San Diego general manager Kevin Towers vented after watching the Padres lose their third in a row and for the 11th time in 15 games. The Padres (16-30) have the worst record in the major leagues.

"We're bad, no question about it," Towers said. "You can't say it's early in the season. It's up to these guys in the clubhouse. I'm certainly not going to watch this for four more months."

It was the third consecutive victory for the Cardinals, who got to face Wil Ledezma instead of Peavy, who was scheduled to make the start until being scratched on Sunday. The four home runs were the most in a game this year for the Cardinals, who tied their season high with 16 hits.

Pujols went 3-for-5, scored three runs and drove in two. It was his 22nd career multihomer game and his second this season. Pujols has 11 home runs.

"There's nobody who is a better hitter than him in the big leagues," manager Tony La Russa said. "The more he's in play, the better chance we have."

Pujols' first blast was massive. He led off the fifth inning by hitting reliever Justin Germano's second pitch into the balcony on the fourth floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in Petco Park's left-field corner, 405 feet from home plate.

"I knew I hit it good," Pujols said. "I knew it was going to stay fair. I've been getting some pitches to hit. I have to take advantage of them."

He hit another towering shot leading off the eighth, this one into the seats in left-center on a full-count pitch from left-hander Sean Henn.

"Anytime he gets pitches to hit, he's going to do damage," Ludwick said. "Both of those balls were launched. When he gets on a roll, he's extremely dangerous. He's fun to watch."

Ludwick received some help from Padres left fielder Scott Hairston in hitting the first home run of the night, which gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead with two outs in the first.

Hairston positioned himself against the wall as he settled under the fly ball, but didn't get a good jump and the ball hit off the top of his glove and went over the fence. Skip Schumaker was aboard on a leadoff single.

"I'm not going to give it back," Ludwick said. "I'll take it. It was the luck thing. All you can do is put a good swing on it. You can't do anything after that. Fortunately for me it was a home run."

Hairston made a much better jump in going after Izturis' fly ball with one out in the fourth, but it left the park on its own to give St. Louis a 4-1 lead. It was Izturis' first.

Ludwick went 3-for-4 with three RBI. He also hit a run-scoring double.

Starter Todd Wellemeyer (5-1) hit an RBI single and held the Padres to two runs in six innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Ledezma (0-1) gave up four runs and five hits in four innings, walked two and struck out two.

Peavy, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, had been scheduled to start but was scratched on Sunday due to soreness in his pitching elbow that had been bothering for three or four starts. He had an MRI on Monday. Manager Bud Black said it was likely Peavy would miss more than one start.

Notes

  • Padres officials checked Petco Park following an explosion Monday afternoon at a hotel under construction about 200 yards away. The ballpark wasn't damaged, but the blast was heard and felt by stadium workers and a handful of early arriving ballplayers and coaches. Authorities said 14 workers were injured, five critically.
  • St. Louis' Rick Ankiel hit off a tee but is still listed as day to day with a sprained right shoulder.
  • Cardinals LHP Mark Mulder is likely to resume his rehab from shoulder surgery in 10 to 14 days. He was pulled from a rehab assignment earlier this month due to a mild rotator cuff strain.
 
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The Padres feel the wrath of Pujols' 22nd career multihomer game and second this season.  (AP)
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
St. Louis

T. Wellemeyer
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 3
K 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, CF6120001 .287
Brian Barton, LF5110014 .254
Albert Pujols, 1B5332002 .364
Ryan Ludwick, RF4233100 .350
Troy Glaus, 3B4020101 .269
Yadier Molina, C4011012 .297
Adam Kennedy, 2B4000104 .261
Todd Wellemeyer, P3011020 .190
   a- Brendan Ryan, PH1010000 .310
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Miles, PH1000000 .312
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
Cesar Izturis, SS5121004 .263
Totals42816834  
a-singled for Wellemeyer in the 7th
b-lined out for Villone in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (12, Germano)
HR - Albert Pujols 2 (11, Germano, Henn), Ryan Ludwick (12, Ledezma), Cesar Izturis (1, Ledezma)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (31), Ryan Ludwick 3 (32), Yadier Molina (16), Todd Wellemeyer (2), Cesar Izturis (8)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick 3 (11), Yadier Molina (9), Todd Wellemeyer (1)
SB - Skip Schumaker (4, 2nd base off Ledezma/Bard), Brian Barton (1, 2nd base off Germano/Bard), Adam Kennedy (3, 2nd base off Germano/Bard)
Team LOB - 11
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer (W,5-1) 6622320 3.25
Randy Flores 1000000 3.65
Ron Villone 1000010 4.50
Russ Springer 1000010 4.35
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 100-61, Randy Flores 7-5, Ron Villone 10-7, Russ Springer 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 9-6, Randy Flores 2-1, Ron Villone 2-0
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 26, Randy Flores 3, Ron Villone 3, Russ Springer 3
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF4000000 .195
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3110101 .264
Brian Giles, RF4021001 .311
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4001001 .268
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000021 .265
Khalil Greene, SS3020100 .220
Scott Hairston, LF2000002 .217
    Justin Germano, P0000000 .375
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1010000 .333
    Sean Henn, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Clark, PH1000000 .244
Josh Bard, C4000013 .202
Wil Ledezma, P1000011 .000
    Paul McAnulty, LF1100100 .200
Totals3226234  
a-singled for Germano in the 6th
b-flied out for Henn in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (8, Wellemeyer)
RBI - Brian Giles (19), Adrian Gonzalez (34)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Giles (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Greene-Iguchi-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Wil Ledezma (L,0-1) 4544222 3.54
Justin Germano 2633101 5.88
Sean Henn 3511021 7.36
IBB - Kennedy by Justin Germano
HBP - Molina (by Wil Ledezma)
Pitches-Strikes - Wil Ledezma 83-53, Justin Germano 49-29, Sean Henn 44-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wil Ledezma 5-5, Justin Germano 5-0, Sean Henn 1-6
Batters Faced - Wil Ledezma 20, Justin Germano 12, Sean Henn 14
Game Information
Attendance - 22638
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Brian Runge