Pujols curtain call HR for Angels vs hometown Cards in loss

ST. LOUIS (AP) Albert Pujols delivered for his many fans in St. Louis. The Cardinals were crowd pleasers, too.

Pujols took a curtain call for his adoring fans at Busch Stadium after homering against the Cardinals, but Marcell Ozuna connected to lead Dakota Hudson and St. Louis over the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Saturday.

Pujols was all smiles as he circled the bases after his 13th home run, a solo drive in the seventh inning. He got a standing ovation during his trot, and the cheers grew louder until Pujols emerged from the dugout and tipped his hat to the sellout crowd.

''Trying to walk around the bases, getting to the plate and trying to get into the dugout and hold everything in - that was hard,'' Pujols said. ''It was pretty special.''

''It's just a special moment,'' Pujols said. ''It's great, but you get to the part that we lost the game, and that to me is important, too.''

Pujols has 646 career homers, including 445 in his 11 seasons with the Cardinals. His 111 home runs at the new Busch Stadium are the most by anyone.

The three-time NL MVP who helped the Cardinals win two World Series championships returned to the ballpark on Friday night for the first time since helping St. Louis take the 2011 title. Pujols signed with the Angels after that season, and they hadn't played an interleague game at Busch until this weekend.

Pujols was showered with ovations while hitting a single in two at-bats and drawing a walk Friday night. He went 1 for 4 in this loss, the third in a row for the Angels.

''I guess Cardinals fans got what they wanted today,'' Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus said. ''They got a win and they got an Albert home run.''

The Cardinals won for the fifth time in seven games.

Ozuna hit his team-leading 20th homer of the season off Felix Pena in the sixth inning to make it 4-0 lead. Ozuna homered for the second straight day.

Hudson (6-3), who surrendered the homer to Pujols, gave up one run on five hits in a season-high 112-pitch stint over seven innings. He struck out six and walked one. He has allowed one earned run or less in four of his last five starts.

Hudson grew up with Pujols posters on the wall in his room. He did not mind the home fans cheering the emotional home run.

''The guy deserves that ovation,'' Hudson said. ''It was a lot of fun just being able to go out there and face him.''

St. Louis manager Mike Shildt enjoyed the atmosphere.

''What a special moment for him,'' Shildt said. ''And the whole stadium and really Cardinal Nation. He's an icon and a living legend.''

Hudson was able to refocus after the homer. He retired three of the next four hitters to finish his afternoon with a 4-1 lead.

''One big swing can turn to two,'' Hudson said. ''You just have to limit it. I took in the moments. I enjoyed what I was doing put there.''

Paul Goldschmidt had two hits for St. Louis.

Justin Upton also homered for the Angels, a solo shot in the eighth. Pena (5-2) started the third inning in relief of opener Noe Ramirez.

St. Louis broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fifth on a throwing error. Yadier Molina singled and Kolten Wong walked before Hudson set down a bunt that Pena threw wildly to third.

Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks left the game with two outs in the ninth. Shildt said Hicks felt tightness in his triceps.

''More like a cramp,'' Shildt said. ''He feels good - it's favorable news.''

Tyler Webb picked up his first save by retiring Jonathan Lucroy on a grounder to end the game.

The Cardinals improved to 185-177 in interleague play, the best among NL teams.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Trevor Cahill (right elbow inflammation) is almost ready to return to the active roster. Manager Brad Ausmus would not commit to whether he will return to the starting rotation or pitch out of the bullpen.

Cardinals: INF Jedd Gyorko will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on his right wrist on Monday. Shildt says there is no structural damage and that Gyorko's recovery from his wrist surgery should coincide with his return from his calf injury that has kept him on the injured list since June 8.

UP NEXT

St. Louis RHP Miles Mikolas (5-7, 4.48) will face LHP Tyler Skaggs (6-6, 4.61) in the finale of the three-game set on Sunday night. Mikolas tossed six scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over Miami on Monday. Skaggs, who is looking to win his third successive start, leads the Angles in wins and strikeouts (70).

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  • W: D. Hudson (6-3)L: F. Pena (5-2)S: T. Webb (1)
  • HR: LAA - A. Pujols (13), J. Upton (3), STL - M. Ozuna (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. La Stella 2B40100000.295.349.500.8491.0
M. Trout CF30100120.307.468.6491.1181.0
J. Upton LF41111024.273.333.7271.0615.0
K. Calhoun RF40000024.229.324.470.793-1.0
A. Pujols 1B41111000.233.308.449.7576.0
D. Fletcher 3B40000020.290.342.409.751-1.0
L. Rengifo SS30000100.248.312.365.6771.0
J. Lucroy C40200001.239.316.364.6802.0
N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Ohtani PH10000001.272.337.490.8270.0
F. Pena P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- B. Goodwin PH10000001.292.349.459.8080.0
J. Jewell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for N. Ramirez in the 3rd
  • b-grounded out for Pena in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40100011.218.331.383.7151.5
P. DeJong SS40000012.269.359.481.839-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B41200000.260.349.432.7803.0
M. Ozuna LF31121101.260.328.520.8488.0
J. Martinez RF30000010.292.360.396.756-0.5
H. Bader CF10000001.213.330.391.7210.0
Y. Molina C31100010.262.291.382.6731.5
D. Fowler CF-RF30000011.237.343.396.739-0.5
K. Wong 2B21000100.238.327.373.7002.0
D. Hudson P20000010.042.080.042.122-0.5
a- T. Edman PH10000000.308.357.615.9730.0
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Webb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Hudson in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Upton (3), A. Pujols (13)
  • RBI - J. Upton (4), A. Pujols (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Upton (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Calhoun 4 (4), J. Lucroy, B. Goodwin
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (12)
  • HR - M. Ozuna (20)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (62)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong 2 (2), M. Ozuna, H. Bader
FIELDING
  • E - D. Fletcher (4), F. Pena (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Ramirez2.01000103.081.085.5
F. Pena (L, 5-2)4.04421514.681.222.5
J. Jewell1.00000007.561.323.0
L. Garcia1.00001004.501.572.0
PITCHERSIP
N. Ramirez2.0
F. Pena (L, 5-2)4.0
J. Jewell1.0
L. Garcia1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (W, 6-3)7.05111613.361.4727.0
A. Miller (H, 10)0.10000004.151.350.0
J. Hicks (H, 3)1.11110213.140.942.0
T. Webb (S, 1)0.10001004.381.186.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (W, 6-3)7.0
A. Miller (H, 10)0.1
J. Hicks (H, 3)1.1
T. Webb (S, 1)0.1
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Pena (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Ramirez 25-19, F. Pena 72-44, J. Jewell 9-6, L. Garcia 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Ramirez 2-3, F. Pena 3-5, J. Jewell 2-1, L. Garcia 1-2
  • Batters Faced - N. Ramirez 7, F. Pena 18, J. Jewell 3, L. Garcia 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 112-70, A. Miller 5-4, J. Hicks 28-15, T. Webb 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 11-4, A. Miller 1-0, J. Hicks 1-1, T. Webb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 27, A. Miller, J. Hicks 5, T. Webb 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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LAA38-40
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STL40-36
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. La Stella 2B40100000.295.349.500.8491.0
M. Trout CF30100120.307.468.6491.1181.0
J. Upton LF41111024.273.333.7271.0615.0
K. Calhoun RF40000024.229.324.470.793-1.0
A. Pujols 1B41111000.233.308.449.7576.0
D. Fletcher 3B40000020.290.342.409.751-1.0
L. Rengifo SS30000100.248.312.365.6771.0
J. Lucroy C40200001.239.316.364.6802.0
N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Ohtani PH10000001.272.337.490.8270.0
F. Pena P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- B. Goodwin PH10000001.292.349.459.8080.0
J. Jewell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for N. Ramirez in the 3rd
  • b-grounded out for Pena in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40100011.218.331.383.7151.5
P. DeJong SS40000012.269.359.481.839-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B41200000.260.349.432.7803.0
M. Ozuna LF31121101.260.328.520.8488.0
J. Martinez RF30000010.292.360.396.756-0.5
H. Bader CF10000001.213.330.391.7210.0
Y. Molina C31100010.262.291.382.6731.5
D. Fowler CF-RF30000011.237.343.396.739-0.5
K. Wong 2B21000100.238.327.373.7002.0
D. Hudson P20000010.042.080.042.122-0.5
a- T. Edman PH10000000.308.357.615.9730.0
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Webb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total304521266-----
  • a-grounded out for Hudson in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Upton (3), A. Pujols (13)
  • RBI - J. Upton (4), A. Pujols (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Upton (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Calhoun 4 (4), J. Lucroy, B. Goodwin
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (12)
  • HR - M. Ozuna (20)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (62)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong 2 (2), M. Ozuna, H. Bader
FIELDING
  • E - D. Fletcher (4), F. Pena (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Ramirez2.01000103.081.085.5
F. Pena (L, 5-2)4.04421514.681.222.5
J. Jewell1.00000007.561.323.0
L. Garcia1.00001004.501.572.0
Total8.0542261---
PITCHERSIP
N. Ramirez2.0
F. Pena (L, 5-2)4.0
J. Jewell1.0
L. Garcia1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (W, 6-3)7.05111613.361.4727.0
A. Miller (H, 10)0.10000004.151.350.0
J. Hicks (H, 3)1.11110213.140.942.0
T. Webb (S, 1)0.10001004.381.186.0
Total9.0622282---
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (W, 6-3)7.0
A. Miller (H, 10)0.1
J. Hicks (H, 3)1.1
T. Webb (S, 1)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Pena (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Ramirez 25-19, F. Pena 72-44, J. Jewell 9-6, L. Garcia 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Ramirez 2-3, F. Pena 3-5, J. Jewell 2-1, L. Garcia 1-2
  • Batters Faced - N. Ramirez 7, F. Pena 18, J. Jewell 3, L. Garcia 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 112-70, A. Miller 5-4, J. Hicks 28-15, T. Webb 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 11-4, A. Miller 1-0, J. Hicks 1-1, T. Webb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 27, A. Miller, J. Hicks 5, T. Webb 2
  • 8TH INNING
    Upton homered to right24
  • 7TH INNING
    Pujols homered to left center14
  • 6TH INNING
    Ozuna homered to left, Goldschmidt scored04
  • 5TH INNING
    Hudson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Molina and Wong scored, Hudson to second on Pena throwing error02
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hicks Pitching:
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to second
    • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
    • Tyler Webb relieved Jordan Hicks
    • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rengifo walked
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Andrew Miller pitching
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, La Stella grounded out to second
    • Jordan Hicks relieved Andrew Miller
    • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Upton homered to right
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Calhoun flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Luis Garcia relieved Jake Jewell
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt flied out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Bader lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Harrison Bader in center field
    • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pujols homered to left center
    • D. Fletcher: Foul, Strike looking, Fletcher lined out to right
    • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Ball, Rengifo grounded out to second
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy singled to shallow left
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Felix Pena
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jake Jewell pitching
    • K. Wong: Wong flied out to deep center
    • Tommy Edman hit for Dakota Hudson
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Edman grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to shallow center
    • M. Ozuna: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna homered to left, Goldschmidt scored
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Pena: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pena grounded out to first
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, La Stella lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Molina singled to shallow right
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to third, Molina to second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • D. Hudson: Hudson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Molina and Wong scored, Hudson to second on Pena throwing error
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Hudson to third on wild pitch, Foul on 3rd baseman Fletcher dropped ball error, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong lined out to third
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
    • L. Rengifo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rengifo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt flied out to right
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucroy reached on an infield single to third
    • Shohei Ohtani hit for Noe Ramirez
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ohtani reached on fielder's choice to third, Lucroy out at second
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella singled to shallow center, Ohtani to second
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Trout singled to shallow left, Ohtani to third, La Stella to second
    • J. Upton: Upton popped out to second
    • K. Calhoun: Calhoun lined out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felix Pena pitching
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong popped out to shortstop
    • D. Hudson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hudson struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter doubled to right
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeJong flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Rengifo grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Ramirez Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez popped out to second
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Molina flied out to deep left
    • D. Fowler: Fowler popped out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • T. La Stella: La Stella grounded out to second
    • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
    • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Ramirez Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter grounded out to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt singled to center
    • M. Ozuna: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to third, Goldschmidt out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)