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ATLANTA -- Tony La Russa savored a souvenir, and Albert Pujols savored a milestone.
Atlanta fell one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies, who beat the New York Mets 3-0 behind Roy Oswalt.
Pujols passed Hall of Famer Stan Musial for the most multihomer games in Cardinals history with 38, including five this season.
"It's pretty special to be named with that legend," Pujols said.
Barring a playoff matchup, it was the last time La Russa will manage against Atlanta's Bobby Cox, who is retiring after the season.
La Russa beamed when looking at a baseball and lineup card that Cox signed. Each sat on La Russa's desk after the game.
"That's a keeper," said La Russa, holding the lineup card. "That's not going anywhere."
La Russa said Cox "has had the best managerial career of anybody I've been around. ... He's done it exactly the right way, which is most important."
"I hope he gets to the postseason. I hope they get to the postseason."
La Russa is third in career regular-season wins. Cox ranks fourth. The two managed against each other in 161 regular-season games in a rivalry that began in 1982 when Cox was with Toronto and La Russa managed the Chicago White Sox. Cox finished with a 94-67 advantage.
A ball signed by La Russa sat on Cox's desk.
"I like Tony a lot," Cox said. "I've been going at it with Tony a long, long time."
"I was keeping the ball up a little more than I wanted, falling behind a little more than I wanted, having to give in and throw a little more over the plate than I would have liked," Hudson said. "It just wasn't a good night for me."
The second-place Cardinals gained a game in the NL Central but still trail Cincinnati by six. With a split of the four-game set, St. Louis won the season series 6-2.
Pujols had three RBI on Saturday, giving him 10 straight seasons with more than 100. He leads the NL with 39 homers and 104 RBI. He also hit a homer Thursday in the opening game of the four-game series.
La Russa said Pujols plays "in a different home run climate than when Stan played."
"Because Albert did it in 10 years, I don't want to take anything away from him, but I don't want to take anything away from Stan," La Russa said.
La Russa said before the game that Pujols has had difficulty with his left elbow. La Russa said Pujols landed on the elbow while making a catch in Pittsburgh late last month and hurt the elbow again a few days later.
La Russa said Pujols is feeling better and is better able to follow through on his swing. Pujols said after the game he is still having problems.
"There is no DL in September," he said. "You have to keep pushing and try to put us in a good spot."
Pujols gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with a homer over the 400-foot mark in center in the first inning and added a line-drive shot to left in the fifth.
His second homer cleared the wall so quickly that left fielder Melky Cabrera barely moved as he turned to watch it land in the seats.
Jason Heyward had doubles in each of his first two at-bats for Atlanta and scored on Martin Prado's single in the third. Alex Gonzalez had three hits, including a single in the sixth to drive in McLouth.
McLouth added a homer in the eighth off Blake Hawksworth.
|Albert Pujols hits two home runs to pass Stan Musial for the most multihomer games in Cardinals history. (AP)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.273|
|Jon Jay, RF||5||1||1||0||0||2||2||.313|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||5||2||2||2||0||2||1||.309|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||2||2||0||2||0||0||.307|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||5||0||2||1||0||3||1||.272|
|Yadier Molina, C||2||1||1||1||2||0||2||.253|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.219|
|Blake Hawksworth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Randy Winn, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Fernando Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kyle Lohse, P||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.214|
|Felipe Lopez, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||5||0||2||2||0||0||2||.226|
|a-lined out for Hawksworth in the 9th|
|2B - Colby Rasmus (25, Dunn)|
|3B - Brendan Ryan (3, Hudson)|
|HR - Albert Pujols 2 (39, Hudson, Hudson)|
|SH - Kyle Lohse (1)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (104), Colby Rasmus (60), Yadier Molina (54), Kyle Lohse (3), Brendan Ryan 2 (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (40), Yadier Molina (18), Kyle Lohse (1), Brendan Ryan 2 (15)|
|SB - Brendan Ryan (9, 2nd base off O'Flaherty/McCann)|
|CS - Skip Schumaker (3, 2nd base by Hudson/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Lohse-Ryan-Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle Lohse (W,3-7)||5.1||9||2||2||1||1||0||6.85|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 92-59, Blake Hawksworth 27-19, Fernando Salas 25-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 7-7, Blake Hawksworth 1-5, Fernando Salas 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 25, Blake Hawksworth 9, Fernando Salas 5|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||.342|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||1||2||0||2||1||0||.289|
|Martin Prado, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||0||4||.315|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.276|
|David Ross, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.253|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Nate McLouth, CF||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.189|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.265|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.255|
|Tim Hudson, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.203|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Proctor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.251|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cristhian Martinez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Troy Glaus, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.240|
|a-flied out for Proctor in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Cr. Martinez in the 9th|
|2B - Jason Heyward 2 (29, Lohse, Lohse), Nate McLouth (10, Lohse), Alex Gonzalez (38, Lohse)|
|HR - Nate McLouth (5, Hawksworth)|
|RBI - Martin Prado (65), Nate McLouth (21), Alex Gonzalez (81)|
|2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (28), Nate McLouth (5)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - McCann-A. Gonzalez, Prado-Lee, Freeman|
|E - Omar Infante (15, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tim Hudson (L,15-8)||5||9||6||6||2||5||2||2.62|
|IBB - Molina by Mike Dunn|
|HBP - Molina (by Tim Hudson)|
|WP - Tim Hudson (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 102-59, Peter Moylan 16-9, Mike Dunn 7-3, Scott Proctor 1-1, Eric O'Flaherty 12-7, Craig Kimbrel 12-9, Cristhian Martinez 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 10-1, Scott Proctor 1-0, Eric O'Flaherty 3-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-0, Cristhian Martinez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 28, Peter Moylan 3, Mike Dunn 2, Scott Proctor 1, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Craig Kimbrel 3, Cristhian Martinez 4|
|Attendance - 27156|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|