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Pujols homers again as Cardinals knock around Verlander

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- After Adam Wainwright escaped a first-inning mess, the St. Louis Cardinals made Justin Verlander pay.

Albert Pujols hit his fifth home run in five games -- and the longest homer at Busch Stadium this season -- to lead a 14-hit barrage. Wainwright righted himself to work seven strong innings in an 11-2 rout over the Tigers and their ace Tuesday night.

"You can't figure this game at all," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "We haven't been scoring in bunches."

Pujols drew his major league-leading 19th and 20th intentional walks in only semi-threatening situations before lining his 23rd homer an estimated 446 feet over the left field wall off Ryan Perry to start the sixth. Chris Duncan followed with a 418-foot shot that gave the light-hitting Cardinals back-to-back homers for the first time all season.

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Verlander (7-3) lasted four innings in the Tigers' first game in St. Louis since losing the clinching Game 5 of the 2006 World Series. Wainwright got the final out as the stand-in closer.

"Always good memories," Wainwright said. "I like to think of things like that. I can't think of it enough."

Verlander had been 7-0 with a 1.10 ERA over nine starts before running into trouble against a team that had scored three or fewer runs in 10 of its previous 15 games. It was 80 degrees at game time, not at all oppressive in a city known for its brutal summers, but Verlander said the humidity sapped him.

"I think after the first inning, I was just gassed," Verlander said. "I couldn't get my legs underneath me. It was a weird feeling."

The Cardinals scored four in the first, including Yadier Molina's two-out bases-loaded single, and piled on against relievers Nate Robertson and Perry. Verlander gave up five runs and eight hits for his first loss since April 17 at Seattle, dropping him to 8-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 11 career interleague starts.

Molina went with the pitch on an opposite-field single to right. La Russa called it the key at-bat of the game.

Brandon Inge and Miguel Cabrera homered after the game was out of hand for the Tigers, who have lost four of five. Detroit had won five of six interleague games against the Cardinals, all at home, before Tuesday.

Pujols has been the lone threat for St. Louis and is the only player in the majors with intentional walks in double figures. Duncan, who entered with a .182 average in the cleanup slot, also singled and scored twice.

Wainwright (7-4) allowed a run and six hits in only his second regular-season appearance against the Tigers, and first since striking out Inge to end the '06 Series. His toughest inning was the first when he got Inge on a pop fly with the bases loaded for the third out, and he later retired 10 of 11 hitters.

"For whatever reason, at no point at time did I feel like they were going to score," Wainwright said. "I was very confident I was going to make pitches and get out of it, and it turned out good."

Don Kelly led off with a triple when rookie center fielder Colby Rasmus mistimed a diving attempt on a ball that he said hooked on him.

"I thought I had it," Rasmus said. "I thanked Adam after the game for getting me out of that."

Molina had been 0 for 6 with the bases loaded before his hit in the first. Verlander's first balk of the season forced in a run and Joe Thurston added an RBI double.

The Tigers caught two runners napping on the basepaths in the third. Ankiel was out on an aborted steal attempt in a rundown between second and third and Molina, who advanced to second on that play, was picked off for the third out.

Notes

  • Pujols' homer, which seemed to disappear over the left field wall, was 4 feet short of the longest homer at 4-year-old Busch Stadium, a shot by Ryan Ludwick estimated at 450 feet on July 22, 2008 against the Brewers.
  • Verlander was the first Tigers pitcher to win at least seven in a row since Doyle Alexander won eight straight with an 0.96 ERA in 1987.
  • Pujols' next run will be the 1,000th of his career.
 
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Albert Pujols goes deep for the fifth straight game. He's hitting .326 with 23 bombs this year. (AP)
Albert Pujols goes deep for the fifth straight game. He's hitting .326 with 23 bombs this year. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

C. Duncan
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
Don Kelly, LF5010012 .273
Placido Polanco, 2B5010013 .260
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000003 .272
    Ryan Perry, P0000000 .000
   a- Marcus Thames, PH1000011 .302
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3121110 .325
    Dane Sardinha, C0000000 .097
Curtis Granderson, CF3000101 .256
Brandon Inge, 3B4111004 .264
Gerald Laird, C-1B4010011 .220
Ramon Santiago, SS4010002 .284
Justin Verlander, P1000000 .000
   b- Josh Anderson, PH1010000 .256
    Nate Robertson, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Raburn, RF2000010 .237
Totals3628226  
a-struck out for Perry in the 7th
b-singled for Verlander in the 5th
Batting
3B - Don Kelly (1, Wainwright)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (12, Walters), Brandon Inge (15, Wainwright)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (40), Brandon Inge (42)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge (12)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Santiago-Polanco-Cabrera, Santiago-Polanco-Laird
E - Magglio Ordonez (2, Throwing), Ramon Santiago (4, Throwing), Justin Verlander (1, Missed catch of throw)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (L,7-3) 4855240 3.39
Nate Robertson0244200 7.97
Ryan Perry 2422012 3.67
Brandon Lyon 2000020 4.22
IBB - Pujols by Justin Verlander, by Pujols
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 73-47, Nate Robertson 15-4, Ryan Perry 37-25, Brandon Lyon 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 3-4, Ryan Perry 3-1, Brandon Lyon 4-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 21, Nate Robertson 4, Ryan Perry 9, Brandon Lyon 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B5131010 .284
Colby Rasmus, CF5010023 .261
Albert Pujols, 1B2211211 .326
    Tyler Greene, SS1000000 .258
Chris Duncan, LF5331003 .258
Rick Ankiel, RF4110013 .247
Yadier Molina, C-1B3222100 .270
Joe Thurston, 3B3112111 .240
Adam Wainwright, P3110014 .158
   a- Jason LaRue, PH-C1000000 .275
Brendan Ryan, SS3013000 .300
    P.J. Walters, P0000000 .000
Totals3511141047  
a-grounded out for Wainwright in the 7th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (12, Verlander), Colby Rasmus (15, Verlander), Joe Thurston (14, Verlander), Adam Wainwright (2, Verlander), Brendan Ryan (8, Perry)
HR - Albert Pujols (23, Perry), Chris Duncan (5, Perry)
SH - Brendan Ryan (3)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (19), Albert Pujols (58), Chris Duncan (29), Yadier Molina 2 (21), Joe Thurston 2 (18), Brendan Ryan 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina 2 (10), Joe Thurston (7)
CS - Rick Ankiel (1, 3rd base by Verlander/Laird)
PK - Yadier Molina (1, Verlander)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Skip Schumaker (4, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,7-4) 7611251 3.33
P.J. Walters 2211011 8.76
WP - Adam Wainwright (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 100-65, P.J. Walters 26-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 12-5, P.J. Walters 3-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 30, P.J. Walters 8
Game Information
Attendance - 44021
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Winters