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New York at St. Louis

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Pujols belts two home runs, Cardinals complete sweep of visiting Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols stroked line drives to all three fields. It was a bad omen for the New York Mets.

Pujols hit two home runs and Kyle Lohse lasted just long enough for another win after jamming his right knee as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a three-game sweep with a 12-8 victory against the Mets on Thursday.

"If my swing is good, I'm going to hit the ball hard everywhere," Pujols said. "My job is to try to see a pitch I can hit, and drive it."

Rick Ankiel homered and doubled twice and Skip Schumaker hit a pair of RBI doubles as the Cardinals punished Livan Hernandez and won their seventh in a row at home. The Mets lost their fourth straight overall.

"I think we might have caught them on a little bit of a down slide, but that's the way it goes," Ankiel said. "Good for us."

St. Louis led 11-3 after six innings en route to sweeping the Mets in a three-game series at home for the first time since Aug. 6-8, 2004.

Carlos Beltran had three hits, including a three-run homer, after moving up two spots in the Mets' batting order to the third slot. Ryan Church hit a two-run homer and David Wright, who switched places with Beltran in the lineup, had two hits.

Mets starters allowed 16 earned in 14 2/3 innings in the series, a 9.82 ERA, and only retired one batter past the fifth inning. Hernandez (1-1) gave up all three home runs and allowed seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Before the Mets start a six-game homestand Friday with the first of three against the Nationals, manager Jerry Manuel anticipated a front-office meeting about the pitching woes. Manuel said he might add another arm, going with 13 pitchers this weekend, but would go through the rotation another time before considering any starting changes.

"They're just going to have to pitch better," Manuel said. "If it doesn't get any better, then you have to make some adjustments. It's that simple."

Pujols hit a solo home run to right in the first inning, lined an infield hit off Wright's glove at third in the fourth and hit a two-run shot to center in the fifth. He has six home runs this year and 25 career multihomer games, including two this season.

Pujols also scored four times. He increased his NL-leading RBI total to 21, leaving him two shy of 1,000 in his career.

"Perfect player, in my opinion," manager Tony La Russa said. "We're lucky to have him, believe me."

Ankiel hit his first home run later in the fifth, making it 7-2 and chasing Hernandez.

Lohse (3-0) is 11-2 in 21 starts at home the past two seasons although he barely qualified for this victory. He escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth on Gary Sheffield's double-play ball and left with a 4-2 lead. Five relievers finished for the Cardinals.

Lohse was hurt when he reached back to try to corral a grounder by Jose Reyes that Pujols booted at first for an error to start the fifth. Lohse didn't believe it was anything serious, although he underwent an MRI exam.

"I was trying to stop and grab the ball and the brakes weren't working very well," Lohse said. "They worked too good, because I stopped too quick."

Beltran singled and double in his first two at-bats, and is 20-for-37 (.541) against Lohse lifetime with four home runs and 12 RBI.

Lohse's first balk since July 29, 2006, and only the fourth of his career, allowed a run in the first.

Notes

  • Beltran is 12-for-24 (.500) the past six games.
  • The Mets face their first left-handed starter in Washington's Scott Olsen. Manuel said Fernando Tatis and Sheffield, 0-for-5 on Thursday, would both start.
  • Before Thursday, there had been three consecutive homerless games at Busch -- the first time that has happened since another three-game stretch in July 2007.
  • Pujols is a career .317 hitter against the Mets with 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 205 at-bats.
  • Cardinals starters totaled two strikeouts in the series.
 
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Albert Pujols rounds the bases for one of his homers and finishes the day 3-for-4 with three RBI. (AP)
Albert Pujols rounds the bases for one of his homers and finishes the day 3-for-4 with three RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
New York

C. Beltran
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5111001 .328
Alex Cora, 2B3220210 .200
Carlos Beltran, CF5133004 .404
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010101 .276
David Wright, 3B5121013 .310
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Gary Sheffield, LF5000012 .111
Ryan Church, RF4222100 .333
Omir Santos, C4010002 .333
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1000001 .309
Livan Hernandez, P2000002 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH1000011 .250
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
   c- Fernando Tatis, PH-3B2110011 .111
Totals41813745  
a-grounded out for Santos in the 9th
b-struck out for Stokes in the 6th
c-singled for Green in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Cora (1, Lohse), Carlos Beltran (4, Lohse)
HR - Carlos Beltran (2, Walters), Ryan Church (1, Walters)
RBI - Jose Reyes (7), Carlos Beltran 3 (12), David Wright (6), Ryan Church 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (1), Ryan Church 2 (4)
SB - Fernando Tatis (1, 2nd base off Walters/LaRue)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Wright-Cora-Delgado, Cora-Delgado
New York Mets
Livan Hernandez (L,1-1) 4.1977103 7.31
Brian Stokes 0.2000000 0.00
Sean Green 2755210 6.75
Bobby Parnell 1200000 2.25
IBB - Pujols by Sean Green, by Ankiel
WP - Sean Green (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 79-44, Brian Stokes 7-4, Sean Green 49-27, Bobby Parnell 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-6, Sean Green 4-0, Bobby Parnell 1-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 23, Brian Stokes 2, Sean Green 14, Bobby Parnell 4
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B5122002 .292
    Joe Thurston, PR-2B0000000 .306
Colby Rasmus, LF5231000 .310
Albert Pujols, 1B4433112 .345
Ryan Ludwick, RF5012001 .353
Rick Ankiel, CF4232100 .250
Brian Barden, 3B5010002 .357
Brendan Ryan, SS4111101 .304
Jason LaRue, C4230001 .625
Kyle Lohse, P2011000 .222
    P.J. Walters, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Totals3812181231  
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker 2 (4, Green, Green), Colby Rasmus (3, Green), Rick Ankiel 2 (5, Hernandez, Parnell)
HR - Albert Pujols 2 (6, Hernandez, Hernandez), Rick Ankiel (1, Hernandez)
SH - P.J. Walters 2 (2)
RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (7), Colby Rasmus (3), Albert Pujols 3 (21), Ryan Ludwick 2 (18), Rick Ankiel 2 (5), Brendan Ryan (2), Kyle Lohse (1)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (3), Albert Pujols (1), Brendan Ryan (1), Kyle Lohse (1)
SB - Albert Pujols (2, 2nd base off Hernandez/Santos)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols
E - Ryan Ludwick (1, Dropped fly), Albert Pujols (4, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse (W,3-0) 5821110 2.42
P.J. Walters 2.1565212 11.37
Trever Miller 0.1000000 5.06
Chris Perez 0.2000120 3.86
Dennys Reyes 0.1000000 3.18
Jason Motte 0.1000010 6.43
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 90-59, P.J. Walters 55-33, Trever Miller 1-1, Chris Perez 13-6, Dennys Reyes 3-2, Jason Motte 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 6-8, P.J. Walters 3-4, Dennys Reyes 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 24, P.J. Walters 15, Trever Miller 1, Chris Perez 3, Dennys Reyes 1, Jason Motte 1
Game Information
Attendance - 38522
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Ted Barrett