Pujols cheered in return, but Angels fall to Cardinals 5-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Albert Pujols drew so many cheers in his return to St. Louis, he even apologized to Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha.

Pujols was showered with ovations in his long-awaited return to Busch Stadium, but Marcell Ozuna spoiled the homecoming with a home run that helped the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 on Friday night.

''They showed you why they are the best fans in baseball,'' Pujols said.

Pujols spent the first 11 years of his All-Star career with the Cardinals, helped them win the 2011 World Series and then signed with Angels as a free agent. Due to inconsistent interleague scheduling, this was the first time the Angels have visited St. Louis since Pujols left.

The slugger went 1 for 2 with a walk before being pulled for a pinch-runner.

Pujols received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 48,423 every time he stepped to the plate, including one in the first inning that lasted over a minute. He embraced Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina before batting, prompting the fans to get even louder.

''It's pretty amazing. I'm just glad to be able to play here for 11 years and have the great memories. I was pretty close from having a couple of tears there I think, especially when I hugged Yadi and we had that little moment to ourselves.''

In the fourth, Wacha heard a smattering of boos after walking Pujols on four straight pitches to lead off the inning. Pujols got more cheers heading to the dugout after being erased on a forceout.

''He's a dangerous hitter, I'm not trying to leave anything over the middle there,'' Wacha said. ''Ended up walking him and I guess the crowd didn't like it too much,'' Wacha said.

Wacha singled in the fifth. Pujols, playing first base, told Wacha he was sorry the ovations were messing with his routine.

''He said don't worry about it, you deserve it,'' Pujols said.

Said Wacha: ''He probably deserved about five more minutes of that ovation.''

It was a rather eventful evening at the park in several ways.

In the bottom of the first with Matt Carpenter batting, the stadium's alarm system was falsely activated, prompting a brief delay and sending a scattering of fans to the concourse.

In the fourth, Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hammered a foul fall that went completely out of the stadium.

Cardinals fans chanted ''Let's go, Albert'' during Pujols' at-bat in the seventh and he got a cheer as he beat out an infield single to lead off the frame. He drew a final standing ovation after being lifted for pinch-runner Wilfredo Tovar two batters later.

''I think Yadi did a nice job of giving the fans an opportunity to cheer Albert each time he came to the plate,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''Having played here many times and seeing how Cardinals fans react to even visiting players, I fully expected that to happen.''

Ozuna's solo homer in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie. Ozuna also had RBI singles in the fourth and seventh.

Wacha (5-3) settled in after giving up an RBI double to Justin Upton in the first inning. He went six innings, struck out four, walked one and retired the final eight batters he faced.

Griffin Canning (2-4) sent down the first nine batters he faced before running into control issues in the fourth. He walked Carpenter and Goldschmidt and balked both into scoring position ahead of Ozuna's single.

Despite the loss, Friday's game will always mean something to Pujols.

''It was an incredible moment tonight and it's something that I'm going to put it right up there with the accomplishment of winning the World Series twice here,'' Pujols said. ''It was a pretty special night.''

FACES IN THE CROWD

St. Louis natives Pat Maroon and Blaine Gabbert were at the game. Maroon helped lead the Blues to the Stanley Cup championship and Gabbert is a quarterback on the Tampa Bay roster.

HOT TICKET

The crowd was the eighth sellout of the season for the Cardinals and the second largest in Busch Stadium III history.

ROSTER MOVES

Angels: Recalled RHP Jake Jewell and RHP Luke Bard and optioned LHP Jose Suarez and RHP Taylor Cole to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cardinals: Activated INF Yairo Munoz from the paternity list and optioned 1B/OF Rangel Ravelo to Triple-A Memphis.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Felix Pena (5-1, 4.70 ERA) will try to build on a career-high five straight winning decisions in the second game of the series in St. Louis on Saturday. He is 0-0 with a 4.92 ERA in three career appearances, all in relief, against the Cardinals.

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (5-3, 3.55 ERA) has seven straight quality starts and hasn't given up a homer in 53 innings. He has never faced the Angels.

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  • W: M. Wacha (5-3)L: G. Canning (2-4)
  • HR: STL - M. Ozuna (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Upton LF40210021.278.350.6671.0173.0
K. Calhoun RF40000014.233.328.477.805-0.5
A. Pujols 1B20100101.233.309.439.7482.0
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D. Fletcher 3B40000003.294.347.416.762-1.0
L. Rengifo SS-2B40100012.254.313.373.6860.5
J. Lucroy C20100000.234.313.361.6741.0
b- S. Ohtani PH10000012.273.339.493.833-0.5
L. Bard P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Canning P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- D. Garneau PH-C10000012.286.444.381.825-0.5
  • a-singled for Tovar in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Lucroy in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Anderson in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B32000211.218.332.382.7145.5
P. DeJong SS41000112.272.363.487.8513.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000122.256.347.431.7770.0
M. Ozuna LF42331000.259.326.511.83713.0
J. Martinez RF30210100.296.365.402.7674.0
C. Martinez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Molina C40100005.261.291.383.6741.0
K. Wong 2B40110005.240.327.376.7032.0
H. Bader CF30000102.214.332.393.7251.0
M. Wacha P20100010.200.200.250.4500.5
a- T. Edman PH10000003.333.385.6671.0510.0
G. Gallegos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Fowler RF10000000.240.347.402.7490.0
  • a-grounded out for Wacha in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Upton
  • RBI - J. Upton (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Calhoun, A. Pujols, G. Canning, D. Garneau 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - M. Ozuna (19)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 3 (60), J. Martinez (27), K. Wong (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong, K. Wong 3 (3), H. Bader 2 (2), T. Edman 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. Fletcher (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Carpenter (6), P. DeJong (6), M. Ozuna (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Goldschmidt-DeJong-Wacha; Molina-DeJong; Goldschmidt-DeJong)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Canning (L, 2-4)5.14223313.881.022.5
J. Anderson0.21001004.051.39-2.0
L. Bard2.03332205.011.37-1.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Canning (L, 2-4)5.1
J. Anderson0.2
L. Bard2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (W, 5-3)6.05111405.591.6723.0
G. Gallegos (H, 5)0.12000002.670.80-2.0
A. Miller (H, 9)1.00000204.211.364.0
C. Martinez1.21001203.001.072.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (W, 5-3)6.0
G. Gallegos (H, 5)0.1
A. Miller (H, 9)1.0
C. Martinez1.2
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Bard (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Canning 92-57, J. Anderson 22-13, L. Bard 40-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Canning 6-7, J. Anderson 1-1, L. Bard 1-3
  • Batters Faced - G. Canning 23, J. Anderson 4, L. Bard 11
  • Balks - G. Canning
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 95-55, G. Gallegos 13-8, A. Miller 10-8, C. Martinez 30-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 6-6, A. Miller 1-0, C. Martinez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 22, G. Gallegos 3, A. Miller 3, C. Martinez 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. La Stella 2B-1B40000010.296.351.504.855-0.5
M. Trout CF31200100.306.468.6531.1214.0
J. Upton LF40210021.278.350.6671.0173.0
K. Calhoun RF40000014.233.328.477.805-0.5
A. Pujols 1B20100101.233.309.439.7482.0
W. Tovar PR-SS0000-000.195.267.293.000-
a- B. Goodwin PH10100000.293.351.462.8121.0
D. Fletcher 3B40000003.294.347.416.762-1.0
L. Rengifo SS-2B40100012.254.313.373.6860.5
J. Lucroy C20100000.234.313.361.6741.0
b- S. Ohtani PH10000012.273.339.493.833-0.5
L. Bard P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Canning P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Tovar in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Lucroy in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Anderson in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B32000211.218.332.382.7145.5
P. DeJong SS41000112.272.363.487.8513.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000122.256.347.431.7770.0
M. Ozuna LF42331000.259.326.511.83713.0
J. Martinez RF30210100.296.365.402.7674.0
C. Martinez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Molina C40100005.261.291.383.6741.0
K. Wong 2B40110005.240.327.376.7032.0
H. Bader CF30000102.214.332.393.7251.0
M. Wacha P20100010.200.200.250.4500.5
a- T. Edman PH10000003.333.385.6671.0510.0
G. Gallegos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Fowler RF10000000.240.347.402.7490.0
Total3258516520-----
  • a-grounded out for Wacha in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Upton
  • RBI - J. Upton (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Calhoun, A. Pujols, G. Canning, D. Garneau 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - M. Ozuna (19)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 3 (60), J. Martinez (27), K. Wong (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Wong (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong, K. Wong 3 (3), H. Bader 2 (2), T. Edman 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. Fletcher (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Carpenter (6), P. DeJong (6), M. Ozuna (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Goldschmidt-DeJong-Wacha; Molina-DeJong; Goldschmidt-DeJong)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Canning (L, 2-4)5.14223313.881.022.5
J. Anderson0.21001004.051.39-2.0
L. Bard2.03332205.011.37-1.0
Total8.0855651---
PITCHERSIP
G. Canning (L, 2-4)5.1
J. Anderson0.2
L. Bard2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (W, 5-3)6.05111405.591.6723.0
G. Gallegos (H, 5)0.12000002.670.80-2.0
A. Miller (H, 9)1.00000204.211.364.0
C. Martinez1.21001203.001.072.0
Total9.0811280---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (W, 5-3)6.0
G. Gallegos (H, 5)0.1
A. Miller (H, 9)1.0
C. Martinez1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Bard (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Canning 92-57, J. Anderson 22-13, L. Bard 40-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Canning 6-7, J. Anderson 1-1, L. Bard 1-3
  • Batters Faced - G. Canning 23, J. Anderson 4, L. Bard 11
  • Balks - G. Canning
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 95-55, G. Gallegos 13-8, A. Miller 10-8, C. Martinez 30-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 6-6, A. Miller 1-0, C. Martinez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 22, G. Gallegos 3, A. Miller 3, C. Martinez 6
  • 7TH INNING
    Wong singled to right, Ozuna scored, Martinez to second15
    Martinez singled to left, DeJong scored, Ozuna to second14
    Ozuna singled to center, Carpenter scored, DeJong to third13
  • 6TH INNING
    Ozuna homered to center12
  • 4TH INNING
    Ozuna singled to left center, Carpenter scored, Goldschmidt to third11
  • 1ST INNING
    Upton doubled to deep center, Trout scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Wilfredo Tovar
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goodwin reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Fletcher reached on fielder's choice to second, Goodwin out at second
    • L. Rengifo: Rengifo grounded into double play first to shortstop, Fletcher out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Miller Pitching:
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to second
    • Carlos Martinez pitching
    • Dexter Fowler in right field
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
    • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Bard Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to shallow left
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pujols reached on an infield single to third
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher flied out to right
    • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Rengifo singled to left, Pujols to second
    • Wilfredo Tovar ran for Albert Pujols
    • Andrew Miller relieved Giovanny Gallegos
    • Shohei Ohtani hit for Jonathan Lucroy
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
    • Dustin Garneau hit for Justin Anderson
    • D. Garneau: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garneau struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Bard pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Carpenter to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeJong walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Ball, Carpenter stole third, DeJong to second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna singled to center, Carpenter scored, DeJong to third
    • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to left, DeJong scored, Ozuna to second
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Foul, Molina flied out to deep left, Ozuna to third
    • K. Wong: Wong singled to right, Ozuna scored, Martinez to second
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • M. Trout: Trout grounded out to third
    • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Canning Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna homered to center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to left
    • Justin Anderson relieved Griffin Canning
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Molina singled to right, Martinez to second
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wong lined out to shortstop
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bader walked, Martinez to third, Molina to second
    • Tommy Edman hit for Michael Wacha
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Edman grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to third
    • G. Canning: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Canning struck out on foul tip
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, La Stella flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Canning Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Bader grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Wacha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wacha singled to right
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Carpenter lined out to center
    • P. DeJong: DeJong reached on fielder's choice to third, Wacha out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pujols walked
    • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher reached on fielder's choice to third, Pujols out at second
    • L. Rengifo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging, Fletcher caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Canning Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike looking, DeJong fouled out to first
    • P. Goldschmidt: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt walked, Carpenter to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Carpenter to third, Goldschmidt to second on balk, Foul, Ozuna singled to left center, Carpenter scored, Goldschmidt to third
    • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
    • Y. Molina: Molina popped out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • T. La Stella: La Stella popped out to shortstop
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Trout reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Upton: Foul, Ball, Upton singled to left center, Trout to third
    • K. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Calhoun grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Upton out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Canning Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Wong lined out to second
    • H. Bader: Bader grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • M. Wacha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Wacha struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Fletcher lined out to second
    • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rengifo flied out to center
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lucroy singled to center
    • G. Canning: Canning grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Canning Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez lined out to left
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Molina lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, La Stella struck out looking
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Trout singled to center
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Upton doubled to deep center, Trout scored
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to second, Upton to third
    • A. Pujols: Pujols flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Canning Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong grounded out to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)