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Pujols crushes two dingers for eighth multi-homer game of year

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ST. LOUIS -- Arizona starter Jon Garland had Albert Pujols right where he wanted him Friday night, leading off two innings with no one to drive in.

But Pujols still managed to do all the damage he could and his two solo homers were enough to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

The multi home run game was the eighth for Pujols, who leads the majors with 34 homers and 89 RBI. He has 31 multi home run games in his career.

"I had him in the situation that I wanted every time," Garland said. "Nobody on, leading off innings and he caught me. What are you going to do?"

Pujols spent Wednesday and Thursday resting after being the face of the All-Star Game earlier in the week and he was ready to get back to work.

"I felt good," Pujols said. "Obviously, a couple of days off, you can't go wrong. But you can't think about that; your main focus is to make sure you're ready to go."

Chris Carpenter (8-3) blanked the Diamondbacks over eight innings, allowing seven hits and striking out seven.

"Early on, I left some balls in the middle of the plate that they hit," Carpenter said. "But I felt like I got better."

"It goes to show what a competitor he is," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

Miguel Montero hit a homer off reliever Jason Motte for Arizona's only run.

Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run single, and Nick Stavinoha hit a two-run pinch homer for St. Louis. Yadier Molina matched his career high with four hits, all singles.

Pujols, who struck out in his first at-at, led off the fourth against Garland (5-9) by hitting a pitch 386 feet into the Cardinals' bullpen in right.

When Pujols came up to lead off the sixth, Garland appeared like he would pitch around him, with his first three pitches out of the strike zone. But Garland threw his next one over the plate and Pujols swatted it 435 feet off the facade of the upper deck in left field.

Although it was his first home run this off a 3-0 count, Pujols said he was not surprised to get a strike.

"Why should I be surprised?" he asked. "You have to be ready every pitch."

Garland expected Pujols to be hacking.

"They were going to let him swing," he said. "I knew that."

The Diamondbacks took no such chances an inning later, as reliever Scott Schoeneweis intentionally walked Pujols with two outs and runners on first and third to load the bases. That backfired when Ludwick dumped a single to right off reliever Esmerling Vasquez to make it 4-0.

Pujols had one more chance in the eighth but he flied out to left against Clay Zavada with runners on first and second and two outs.

"He's tough to deal with," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's one of the best hitters in baseball, if not the best hitter in baseball. He made us pay a couple of times."

Garland went six innings, allowing two runs and seven hits.

Notes

  • Cardinals INF Khalil Greene has been sent to Double A Springfield to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment. In 47 games, Greene is hitting .200 in 130 at-bats with five home runs and 19 RBI.
  • Arizona OF Jason Upton, fresh off his first All-Star Game, struck out his first three plate appearances and finished 0 for 4.
  • Molina picked Mark Reynolds off first in the sixth, his six pickoff this season and 32nd of his career.
  • The intentional walk was Pujols' 33rd, tops in the majors.
 
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That's  two more long balls Albert Pujols is taking out of the park for a total of 34 this season. (AP)
That's two more long balls Albert Pujols is taking out of the park for a total of 34 this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B3020100 .306
Stephen Drew, SS4000014 .259
Justin Upton, RF4000034 .297
Mark Reynolds, 3B4020012 .261
Miguel Montero, C4121022 .272
Gerardo Parra, LF4000001 .279
Chris Young, CF3010020 .198
Josh Whitesell, 1B3000002 .203
Jon Garland, P2010000 .083
   a- Alex Romero, PH1000001 .300
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
Totals3218119  
a-grounded into a double play for Garland in the 7th
Batting
HR - Miguel Montero (6, Motte)
RBI - Miguel Montero (20)
PK - Mark Reynolds (3, Carpenter)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Drew-Whitesell
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jon Garland (L,5-9) 6722162 4.45
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2122220 6.32
Esmerling Vasquez 0.1100000 4.80
Clay Zavada 1422011 2.42
IBB - Pujols by Scott Schoeneweis
WP - Jon Garland (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 101-64, Scott Schoeneweis 23-11, Esmerling Vasquez 10-5, Clay Zavada 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 5-6, Clay Zavada 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 25, Scott Schoeneweis 5, Esmerling Vasquez 2, Clay Zavada 7
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B5130010 .305
Colby Rasmus, CF5010013 .276
Albert Pujols, 1B4222112 .334
Ryan Ludwick, RF4012000 .264
Chris Duncan, LF3000122 .231
    Rick Ankiel, LF0000000 .215
Yadier Molina, C4140000 .290
Joe Thurston, 3B3010023 .224
Chris Carpenter, P3000014 .120
   a- Nick Stavinoha, PH1112000 .250
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Brendan Ryan, SS3100110 .282
Totals35613639  
a-homered for Carpenter in the 8th
Batting
HR - Albert Pujols 2 (34, Garland, Garland), Nick Stavinoha (2, Zavada)
SH - Joe Thurston (3)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (89), Ryan Ludwick 2 (58), Nick Stavinoha 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (15)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-Ryan-Pujols, Pujols-Ryan
E - Colby Rasmus (4, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (W,8-3) 8700170 2.26
Jason Motte 1111021 4.72
HBP - Young (by Chris Carpenter)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 103-66, Jason Motte 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 9-5, Jason Motte 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 30, Jason Motte 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44781
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Chris Tiller, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Angel Campos