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Pujols injures leg; Ludwick powers Cardinals past Reds

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CINCINNATI -- Seeing Albert Pujols on the ground in pain dampened the St. Louis Cardinals' spirits after their third straight win.

The Cardinals watched their leading hitter be helped off the field with what was diagnosed as a strained left calf in the seventh inning of their 7-2 victory Tuesday night over the Cincinnati Reds.

"It's pretty hard to enjoy the win when something like this happens, but you've got to deal with it," Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said.

The six-time All-Star and 2005 National League Most Valuable Player was carted out of the clubhouse and was being flown back to St. Louis for more tests, general manager John Mozeliak said after the game.

"Based on what I saw -- and I'm not a doctor -- it was pretty bad," Mozeliak said.

Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in four runs to lead the Cardinals' 11-hit effort.

Pujols and Rick Ankiel gave the Cardinals their first set of back-to-back home runs this season before Pujols was helped off the field with the injury he suffered while running out a ground ball.

Ludwick also doubled twice and singled in support of rookie right-hander Mitchell Boggs, who made his first major league start and second appearance.

"How does it affect things?" Ludwick said of Pujols' injury. "He's one of the best hitters of all time. He's the motor that makes the engine run. It's huge. We just have to dig deep and try to find a way to put runs on the board."

Reds right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first home game since hitting his 600th career home run Monday in Florida. He stepped out of the dugout and waved his batting helmet to acknowledge a standing ovation after his milestone home run was replayed on the video screen and a "Griffey Jr. 600" home run sign was unveiled in right-center field.

Boggs (1-0) allowed four hits and two runs with three walks over five innings.

"He had a lot of movement," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You could tell by the way (catcher Yadier Molina) was catching the ball that he had a lot of movement."

The Cardinals scored four runs with two outs in the third inning against Reds starter Homer Bailey. Brendan Ryan scored from second base on Ludwick's first double. Pujols followed with his 16th homer of the season and Ankiel, who missed the previous five games with a right knee infection, added his ninth.

The Cardinals were sitting on Bailey's fastball, Baker said.

"After the first go-around, they could tell he didn't have the feel of his breaking ball," Baker said. "After that, they were spitting on his breaking ball and waiting for his fastball."

"Every game, you're going to have one pitch that's off," said Bailey, the Reds No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft. "You've got to learn to deal with that. I had a few mental lapses with two outs, and that's where they capitalized."

Ludwick doubled again in the fourth inning to drive in Ryan from second base and give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. Reds rookie Joey Votto cut that lead to 5-2 with his 11th homer of the season -- a two-run shot to center field in the fourth -- but Ludwick led off the seventh with his 15th homer of the season, a new career high.

Bailey (0-2) was roughed up for five runs -- all with two outs -- and eight hits in his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. He walked three and struck out two in 3 2/3 innings. The Reds have lost four of their last five games.

Ludwick added his fourth RBI by driving in Ryan from third base with a bloop single to right field in the ninth.

Notes

  • The Reds placed IF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day disabled list because of a broke thumb and sent RHP Gary Majewski to the bereavement list so he could be with his wife, who was delivering their first child. The team selected the contract of IF-OF Jolbert Cabrera and recalled rookie LHP Danny Herrera from Triple-A Louisville.
  • All-time career hits leader Pete Rose received a standing ovation after he was shown sitting in field level seats behind the plate in the middle of the third inning.
  • RHP Joel Pineiro, disabled since May 21 with a right groin strain, threw in the St. Louis bullpen before the game and will start Thursday against Cincinnati, LaRussa said.
 
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Albert Pujols delivers a homer before suffering a leg injury in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Albert Pujols delivers a homer before suffering a leg injury in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

R. Ludwick
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, LF4010002 .305
Ryan Ludwick, RF5244011 .318
Albert Pujols, 1B3112101 .347
    Joe Mather, 1B1000011 .206
Rick Ankiel, CF5111024 .259
Troy Glaus, 3B3010100 .266
Yadier Molina, C4010001 .294
Cesar Izturis, SS4000012 .241
Mitchell Boggs, P2000010 .000
   a- Brian Barton, PH1000010 .243
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Miles, PH1000000 .303
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
Brendan Ryan, 2B3320100 .293
Totals36711737  
a-struck out for Boggs in the 6th
b-grounded out for McClellan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick 2 (18, Bailey, Bailey), Brendan Ryan (4, Bailey)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (15, Weathers), Albert Pujols (16, Bailey), Rick Ankiel (9, Bailey)
SH - Skip Schumaker (2)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 4 (50), Albert Pujols 2 (42), Rick Ankiel (26)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (21), Albert Pujols 2 (15), Rick Ankiel (10)
SB - Brendan Ryan 2 (5, 2nd base off Bailey/Bako, 3rd base off Affeldt/Bako)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Yadier Molina (4)
St. Louis Cardinals
Mitchell Boggs (W,1-0) 5422301 3.86
Ron Villone (H,6) 0.1000100 4.01
Kyle McClellan (H,16) 1.2100010 2.38
Chris Perez 1000010 1.59
Russ Springer 1000030 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - Mitchell Boggs 72-39, Ron Villone 11-4, Kyle McClellan 20-13, Chris Perez 10-8, Russ Springer 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mitchell Boggs 11-4, Kyle McClellan 4-0, Chris Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Mitchell Boggs 22, Ron Villone 2, Kyle McClellan 6, Chris Perez 3, Russ Springer 3
Cincinnati Reds
Jay Bruce, CF4010000 .390
Paul Janish, SS3000110 .237
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3000101 .257
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000003 .268
Adam Dunn, LF2100202 .237
Joey Votto, 1B4112011 .278
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4030010 .243
Paul Bako, C4000013 .243
Homer Bailey, P1000001 .000
    Mike Lincoln, P1000001 .000
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1000002 .213
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Corey Patterson, PH1000010 .201
Totals3225245  
a-grounded out for Lincoln in the 6th
b-struck out for Affeldt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (12, Boggs)
HR - Joey Votto (11, Boggs)
RBI - Joey Votto 2 (35)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Janish-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey (L,0-2) 3.2855322 6.30
Mike Lincoln 2.1000020 4.70
David Weathers 1111001 4.24
Jeremy Affeldt 2211030 3.86
IBB - Pujols by Homer Bailey
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 76-42, Mike Lincoln 25-19, David Weathers 12-8, Jeremy Affeldt 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 2-6, Mike Lincoln 3-2, David Weathers 3-0, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 21, Mike Lincoln 7, David Weathers 4, Jeremy Affeldt 8
Game Information
Attendance - 34234
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg