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Pujols gets 2,000th hit, Jackson wins in Cards debut

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ST. LOUIS -- With a young fan present, it was water, not champagne, that drenched Albert Pujols in the St. Louis clubhouse to celebrate his 2,000th hit.

"I think it's pretty special to have my son [A.J.] come in here with a couple of bottles of water and spray it all over me," Pujols said. "It's something he'll remember hopefully for the rest of his life."

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Edwin Jackson pitched seven innings in his debut with St. Louis, lifting the Cardinals to a 9-2 victory Friday against the Chicago Cubs.

David Freese hit a three-run homer and Ryan Theriot, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, drove in three runs on two hits.

Pujols stood on second base and waved his helmet in appreciation of the standing ovation by 42,042 fans at Busch Stadium after recording his 2,000th hit. The Cubs waited, giving Pujols his moment.

"I think if they would have kept going, I think a couple of drops would have come out of my eyes," Pujols said. "To be able to share this moment with them is incredible. Hopefully, I can continue to do it the rest of my career."

In the middle of his 11th season, Pujols is 263rd overall on the major league hit list. He's the fifth Cardinal to get 2,000 hits and is the 12th-quickest player to 2,000 hits, taking 1,650 games.

Pujols joined Stan Musial (3,630), Lou Brock (2,713), Rogers Hornsby (2,110) and Enos Slaughter (2,063) as the only Cardinals to get 2,000 with the franchise.

"What a great thrill to behold it," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "It's a great accomplishment this early in his career. I can't begin to describe it. I've tried but he's just a great, great player."

According to projections, Pujols will reach 3,000 hits in August 2016.

"That's a long ways from now," Pujols said. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. I don't like to think about numbers. Hopefully, 3,000 will be here before you know it, but it's a long way to 3,000 now. It's a lot of hard work and hopefully one day it'll all pay off and my next goal will be to be in Cooperstown, but I don't want to think about it. I want to help this club just win."

The eighth-inning double down the third-base line off Carlos Marmol capped a 2-for-5 night and drove in a run.

Chicago manager Mike Quade could have walked Pujols as first base was open but he opted not to.

"The place would have gone nuts had we put him on," Quade said. "I thought it was a hell of a challenge."

Jackson, a right-hander, was dealt Wednesday in a three-team deal from the Chicago White Sox to the Toronto Blue Jays, then to the Cardinals.

Jackson (8-7) gave up seven hits and two walks. He was won four of his past five decisions and allowed three earned runs in 22 innings, winning his past three starts.

"I just tried to go out there and make a nice debut and get aggressive," Jackson said. "Hat's off to everyone."

The Cardinals have won their past five games against the Cubs. The last time they won five straight against Chicago was in 2000. The loss sank the Cubs, losers of four straight, to 22 games below .500, their low-water mark of the season.

Pujols led off the fourth inning with a double. After Matt Holliday singled, Freese hit a three-run homer into the left-center field bleachers off Matt Garza (4-8) for a 3-1 lead.

"They beat me on one pitch. That's all it was," Garza said. "I felt like I had good stuff. He guessed right. You tip your cap. Chalk it up as one of those days and get ready for the next five days."

St. Louis added its last three runs in the eighth. The final one came on Pujols' double.

Kyle McClellan made his first appearance since being dropped from the starting rotation with the addition of Jackson. He got one out in the eighth, facing four batters and giving up a run to make it 6-2.

In the first inning, Pujols hit into his major league-leading 23rd double play. It was the 113th double play hit into by the Cardinals, who lead the majors.

Notes

  • St. Louis native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry, celebrating his 84th birthday, threw out the first pitch to infielder Tyler Greene, who was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Memphis. Berry was wearing a Cardinals jersey with No. 84 on the back with the words "Father of Rock and Roll" on it. Berry tunes played between each inning. Earlier in the day, a life-sized statue of Berry was unveiled in suburban University City.
  • The Cardinals placed infielder Nick Punto on the 15-day disabled list with a strained his left oblique muscle.
  • Cubs left-handed reliever James Russell pitched one-third of an inning to give him to 14 scoreless innings this year.
 
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With all of Busch Stadium focused on him, Albert Pujols connects for his milestone hit in the eighth inning.  (US Presswire)
With all of Busch Stadium focused on him, Albert Pujols connects for his milestone hit in the eighth inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

R. Theriot
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
St. Louis

D. Freese
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS4010111 .302
Darwin Barney, 2B3110101 .293
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000025 .290
Carlos Pena, 1B3010112 .224
Marlon Byrd, CF4121001 .311
Geovany Soto, C3000012 .241
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010002 .247
Tyler Colvin, RF3011000 .111
Matt Garza, P2010011 .073
    James Russell, P0000000 .125
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH1010000 .262
    Ramon Ortiz, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   b- Reed Johnson, PH1000010 .326
Totals3229237  
a-singled for Russell in the 7th
b-struck out for Marmol in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd 2 (15, Jackson, McClellan)
SF - Tyler Colvin (1)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (16), Tyler Colvin (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Castro-Barney-Pena
E - Carlos Pena (7, Misplayed grounder), Geovany Soto (9, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza (L,4-8) 5.2866231 3.99
James Russell 0.1100000 4.10
Ramon Ortiz 1000100 7.04
Carlos Marmol 1333110 3.99
IBB - Descalso by Matt Garza
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 89-59, James Russell 4-4, Ramon Ortiz 14-8, Carlos Marmol 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 11-3, James Russell 1-0, Ramon Ortiz 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 27, James Russell 2, Ramon Ortiz 4, Carlos Marmol 7
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Patterson, RF3000011 .251
   a- Ryan Theriot, PH-2B2123000 .268
Jon Jay, CF5020014 .311
Albert Pujols, 1B5121002 .278
Matt Holliday, LF3220100 .314
   b- Tony Cruz, PH-RF1000001 .283
David Freese, 3B4113022 .318
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .152
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Skip Schumaker, 2B-RF^LF3110101 .282
Yadier Molina, C4221001 .288
Daniel Descalso, SS-3B3000101 .258
Edwin Jackson, P2000003 .000
    Tyler Greene, SS0100100 .198
Totals35912844  
a-doubled for Patterson in the 6th
b-popped out for Holliday in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Theriot 2 (19, Russell, Marmol), Albert Pujols 2 (18, Garza, Marmol), Matt Holliday (24, Garza), Skip Schumaker (13, Garza), Yadier Molina (22, Marmol)
HR - David Freese (6, Garza)
SH - Edwin Jackson (1)
RBI - Ryan Theriot 3 (35), Albert Pujols (64), David Freese 3 (26), Yadier Molina (39)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Theriot 2 (19), Albert Pujols (21)
SB - Tyler Greene (9, 3rd base off Marmol/Soto)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Corey Patterson 1, Skip Schumaker 1
DP - Patterson-Molina-Freese, Freese-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (W,8-7) 7711240 3.78
Kyle McClellan 0.1211100 4.22
Jason Motte (H,10) 0.2000010 2.21
Octavio Dotel 1000020 3.45
HBP - Soto (by Edwin Jackson)
WP - Edwin Jackson (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 95-66, Kyle McClellan 11-5, Jason Motte 8-5, Octavio Dotel 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-9, Octavio Dotel 1-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 28, Kyle McClellan 4, Jason Motte 2, Octavio Dotel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42042
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Derryl Cousins