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Pujols hit his second grand slam of the season and surpassed 1,000 career RBI, sending St. Louis to an 8-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and giving the surging Cardinals their ninth straight home win.
"I hit that ball really good, I'm not going to lie to you," Pujols said. "That's all I got. I hit that ball as good as you can hit a ball. I'm just blessed that I put a good swing on it."
The Cardinals have won 10 of their 12 home games this season and are 13-5 overall, good for first place in the NL Central.
Pujols drove the first pitch from Patton in the seventh inning to left field an estimated 441 feet. It was the eighth career grand slam for Pujols, who is hitting .348 with 25 RBI and seven homers already this season.
Patton gave up a single and two walks aound a sacrifice bunt to set up Pujols.
"You can't walk people in front of Pujols," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "You might be able to do that in Modesto, but over here, I would suggest not. He hit that ball, I'll tell you."
Patton pitched the past two seasons for Class-A Modesto before being acquired last December by the Cubs from Cincinnati. He said he wanted to throw a strike to Pujols to try and get ahead in the count.
"I was up there throwing strikes. That was my mindset," Patton said. "That's what I wanted to do. I guess you saw what happened."
St. Louis manager Tony La Russa certainly did -- and he's been seeing it 2001.
"What a player," La Russa said. "It's a pleasure to watch him play. Actually, it's a pleasure to watch him practice. It's a pleasure to watch him in the clubhouse. It's a pleasure to watch him in the community. He's an amazing man."
The four RBI gave Pujols 1,002 in his career, making him the sixth Cardinals player to reach that milestone. The others are Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter, Jim Bottomley, Rogers Hornsby and Kenny Boyer. All but Boyer are Hall of Famers.
"It's an honor and really humbling to reach this goal of having 1,000 RBIs in my career," Pujols said. "I love to do what I do."
The Cubs have lost their past four games, dropping to 8-8 on the season. The defending NL Central champs scored just five runs in those four losses.
"It's not good. Boy, we certainly haven't done much offensively in a while," Piniella said. "It's got to get better."
Mitchell Boggs (1-0) pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, a walk and two wild pitches in his first start of the season for St. Louis. The lone run against him was unearned.
The Cardinals recalled Boggs, who was 3-2 in two stints with St. Louis last season, on April 15 to replace the injured Chris Carpenter.
"Last year was a huge learning experience for me," Boggs said. "I was given the ball today and given the opportunity to help the team win and that matters to me. I'll do my job whenever they ask me to do it."
Sean Marshall (0-1) pitched six innings, allowing three runs and six hits in the loss.
|Albert Pujols takes a bow after clubbing his eighth career slam and driving in his 1,002nd run. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Theriot, SS||4||0||2||1||1||0||1||.344|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.345|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.294|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.197|
|Mike Fontenot, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Reed Johnson, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.320|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.143|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.120|
|Sean Marshall, P||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Joey Gathright, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|David Patton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Neal Cotts, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Micah Hoffpauir, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.318|
|a-singled for Marshall in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Cotts in the 9th|
|2B - Geovany Soto (1, Boyer)|
|RBI - Ryan Theriot (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Theriot (1)|
|CS - Joey Gathright (1, 2nd base by Motte/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Sean Marshall (L,0-1)||6||6||3||3||1||5||0||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 90-66, David Patton 44-23, Neal Cotts 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 6-7, David Patton 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 25, David Patton 12, Neal Cotts 1|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Brendan Ryan, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.259|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.304|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||4||0||0||2||.348|
|Ryan Ludwick, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.356|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Chris Duncan, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.298|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||2||2||1||0||0||1||.246|
|Brian Barden, 3B||3||1||3||2||1||0||0||.419|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Rick Ankiel, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.232|
|Chris Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Thurston, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.325|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Motte in the 7th|
|b-singled for Perez in the 8th|
|2B - Ryan Ludwick (4, Marshall), Khalil Greene (2, Marshall)|
|HR - Albert Pujols (7, Patton)|
|SH - Brendan Ryan (2), Mitchell Boggs (1)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols 4 (25), Khalil Greene (8), Brian Barden 2 (6), Joe Thurston (11)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Ryan-Pujols|
|E - Brian Barden (1, Throwing), Colby Rasmus (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Mitchell Boggs (W,1-0)||5.2||6||1||0||1||3||0||1.17|
|Jason Motte (H,3)||1.1||1||0||0||1||0||0||5.40|
|WP - Mitchell Boggs 2 (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mitchell Boggs 99-59, Jason Motte 18-9, Chris Perez 17-10, Blaine Boyer 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mitchell Boggs 6-9, Jason Motte 1-1, Blaine Boyer 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mitchell Boggs 25, Jason Motte 4, Chris Perez 4, Blaine Boyer 5|
|Attendance - 46707|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Eric Cooper|