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Pujols clubs two homers, drives in seven to fuel Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols put on quite a show Saturday.

Pujols hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to match a career high with seven RBI, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

"Literally, thank, whatever made it happen, that we've had a chance to see this guy all these years," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "That's how we should all feel."

It was Pujols' 24th multihomer game and first since Aug. 16, 2008, against Cincinnati. He matched his career best for RBI set Aug. 22, 2006, against the New York Mets.

The All-Star first baseman went 2-for-4 and is batting .429 with three homers and nine RBI in the team's first six games.

"The best player in the game," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said.

Pujols is just glad to get off to a fast start.

"I feel good," he said. "I don't know about locked in. I am just putting my best swing out there and doing what I can to help this ballclub out."

Rick Ankiel and Joe Thurston had three hits apiece for the Cardinals, who finished with 19 hits overall. Adam Wainwright (1-0) pitched five shutout innings.

Roy Oswalt (0-2) had a rare bad outing at Busch Stadium, allowing six runs and nine hits in six innings for the Astros. He had a 1.83 ERA in five previous starts at the new Busch.

"I don't think we've ever done that against the guy," Pujols said. "I'm pretty sure every time he pitched, he's pitched pretty well against us."

St. Louis scored five times in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Pinch-hitter David Freese doubled in a run before Skip Schumaker walked and Colby Rasmus singled to load the bases for Pujols, who hit Oswalt's first pitch over the wall in left.

"I was ready and I put my best swing on it," Pujols said.

Oswalt felt he had to go after Pujols in that situation.

"With the way we've been scoring, instead of throwing around him to get to the other guys, I was trying to get a double play and leave the game at 2-0," Oswalt said.

The Cardinals added four more against Wesley Wright in the seventh, including Pujols' three-run shot to left.

Wainwright allowed four hits, walked three and struck out four to improve to 6-0 in 13 games against Houston.

"It's amazing how when you score a few runs it makes you feel a little better about your outing," Wainwright said. "But deep down, I know I've got to improve."

Notes

  • Astros pitcher Doug Brocail was scheduled to return to Houston on Saturday to be examined by Dr. David Lintner after experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder while pitching Friday.
  • St. Louis reliever Jason Motte pitched a scoreless sixth inning and lowered his ERA from 27.00 to 15.43.
  • Wandy Rodriguez, scheduled to start for Houston on Sunday, had a 1.11 ERA against St. Louis in 2008.
  • Schumaker, who hit .168 against lefties last season (20-for-119), is 4-for-6 against southpaws thus far.
  • Houston's Kaz Matsui, who led off the game with a single, has hit safely in all five games.
 
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Albert Pujols matches his career high for RBI that he set Aug. 22, 2006.  (AP)
Albert Pujols matches his career high for RBI that he set Aug. 22, 2006. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 7
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 5.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 4
 
Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B5010012 .238
Hunter Pence, RF4020000 .368
Lance Berkman, 1B2000220 .250
Carlos Lee, LF3010100 .263
Miguel Tejada, SS4000026 .263
Geoff Blum, 3B4110013 .429
Ivan Rodriguez, C3010011 .263
    Humberto Quintero, C1000000 .000
Michael Bourn, CF3111100 .316
Roy Oswalt, P1000000 .000
   a- Jason Michaels, PH1000010 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Smith, PH0001000 .000
Totals3127248  
a-struck out for Oswalt in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Hawkins in the 9th
Batting
3B - Michael Bourn (1, Thompson)
SF - Jason Smith (1)
SH - Roy Oswalt (2)
RBI - Michael Bourn (3), Jason Smith (1)
CS - Kazuo Matsui (2, 2nd base by Wainwright/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Blum-Berkman, Berkman-Tejada, Matsui-Tejada-Berkman
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt (L,0-2) 6966241 6.23
Wesley Wright 1744011 18.00
LaTroy Hawkins 1311010 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 89-59, Wesley Wright 28-17, LaTroy Hawkins 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 8-4, Wesley Wright 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 27, Wesley Wright 9, LaTroy Hawkins 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B-LF4221100 .412
Colby Rasmus, RF4220112 .250
Albert Pujols, 1B4227001 .429
   a- Jason LaRue, PH-1B1100001 .000
Chris Duncan, LF4110020 .294
    Brad Thompson, P10100001.000
Rick Ankiel, CF5031010 .250
Yadier Molina, C5020003 .286
Joe Thurston, 3B-2B4231001 .538
Brendan Ryan, SS3020013 .333
Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .500
   b- David Freese, PH1111000 .273
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   c- Khalil Greene, PH1000011 .190
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
   d- Brian Barden, PH-3B1000001 .167
Totals3811191126  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Pujols in the 8th
b-doubled for Wainwright in the 5th
c-struck out for Motte in the 6th
d-grounded into a double play for Reyes in the 7th
Batting
2B - Joe Thurston (4, Oswalt), David Freese (2, Oswalt)
HR - Albert Pujols 2 (3, Oswalt, Wright)
SH - Brendan Ryan (1), Adam Wainwright (1)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (2), Albert Pujols 7 (9), Rick Ankiel (2), Joe Thurston (4), David Freese (2)
2-OUT RBI - Rick Ankiel (1)
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,1-0) 5400340 1.74
Jason Motte 1100020 15.43
Dennys Reyes 1000010 0.00
Brad Thompson 2222110 7.20
WP - Adam Wainwright (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 102-61, Jason Motte 19-12, Dennys Reyes 14-10, Brad Thompson 31-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 8-2, Dennys Reyes 1-1, Brad Thompson 4-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 21, Jason Motte 4, Dennys Reyes 3, Brad Thompson 9
Game Information
Attendance - 43454
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ed Hickox