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Albert Pujols

MLB: St. Louis 3, Washington 2

St. Louis, Aug. 29: Albert Pujols hit a lead-off homer in the ninth inning Friday to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory over Washington.

The Cardinals trailed by a run going into the eighth, but Khalil Greene hit a pinch-hit homer in the eighth to tie it, and Pujols blasted the third pitch from Jason Bergmann (2-4) in the ninth over the wall in left.

St. Louis stayed nine games in front of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central, the largest division lead in the majors. The Cardinals have lost just twice in their last nine games.

John Smoltz, in his second start with the Cardinals, allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

MLB: St. Louis 1, Houston 0

St. Louis, Aug. 25: Adam Wainwright allowed three hits over eight innings Tuesday and outdueled Wandy Rodriguez to bring the St. Louis Cardinals a 1-0 win over Houston.

The tremendous battle of high-quality pitchers saw the teams combine for just six hits.

St. Louis scored the only run of the game in the first on a single by Brendan Ryan and a double by Albert Pujols.

Wainwright (15-7) struck out five and did not allow a walk in pitching the Cardinals to their third straight win and their eighth victory in 10 games.

Rodriguez (12-8) allowed three hits and struck out six in seven innings.

Ryan Franklin walked Lance Berkman on four pitches with two out in the ninth before picking up his 33rd save.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

MLB: St. Louis 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

Los Angeles, Aug. 20: Albert Pujols helped manufacture the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Wednesday and St. Louis held on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2.

The Cardinals need one more victory to become the fourth team in the majors to reach the 70-win mark -- joining the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees.

St. Louis held a 2-0 lead into the seventh before the Dodgers tied it on solo homers by Andre Ethier and Casey Blake.

It was still 2-2 heading into the ninth, but Pujols drew a leadoff walk on a 3-2 pitch off Jonathan Broxton (7-1), who suffered his first setback of the season.

MLB: St. Louis 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

Los Angeles, Aug. 18: Rick Ankiel belted a two-run homer and Albert Pujols had a solo shot Monday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chris Carpenter (13-3) picked up his fifth straight win, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts over eight innings and the Cardinals won for the ninth time in their last 10 games.

Casey Blake drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and James Loney had an RBI single for the Dodgers, who lost for the fourth in their last five games.

Charlie Haeger (0-1) went seven innings in his first start of 2009 -- and his second major league start overall -- giving up three runs on five hits to take the loss.

MLB: St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 2

St. Louis, Aug. 13: Albert Pujols boosted his home run total to a major-league leading 38 with his second in as many games Wednesday, helping boost St. Louis past Cincinnati 5-2.

The Cardinals won for the fifth time in six outings and increased their lead over the Chicago Cubs to four games in the National League Central.

St. Louis capitalized on a throwing error by starting pitcher Homer Bailey to score three times in the first. The error came after Bailey had scrambled to pick up a Pujols line drive that hit Bailey in the foot.

Bailey (2-4) left the game without having retired a batter.

Pujols hit his home run in the third to give St. Louis a 4-1 lead. Matt Holliday contributed three of the 10 St. Louis hits.

MLB: St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 4

Pittsburgh, Aug. 8: Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer Friday as St. Louis beat Pittsburgh 6-4.

The homer gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead with two outs in the top of the first.

Mark DeRosa, like Holliday, a trade-deadline acquisition, had three hits, including a solo homer.

Ryan Ludwick, Khalil Greene and Skip Schumaker each had one RBI, while Albert Pujols added three hits for the Cardinals, who have split their last four games.

Winner Chris Carpenter (11-3) surrendered four runs and nine hits in eight innings.

Closer Ryan Franklin earned his 25th save.

Pittsburgh's Garrett Jones and Ryan Duomit hit solo homers.

Delwyn Young had two hits and one RBI.

Cardinals outfielder NL Player of Month

New York, Aug. 4: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick was named Tuesday the National League Player of the Month for July.

Ludwick was the second Cardinals player in as many months to win the award. Teammate Albert Pujols was named the top NL player in June.

Ludwick, a right-handed hitter, had a .340 batting average, six home runs, 28 RBI and 18 runs scored over 27 games in July.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

MLB: St. Louis 12, N.Y. Mets 7

New York, Aug. 4: Albert Pujols hit a grand slam homer in the 10th inning Tuesday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 12-7 victory over the New York Mets.

Pujols wound up 4-for-5 with two home runs and St. Louis scored eight runs over the final three innings.

The Mets held a 7-4 lead heading into the top of the eighth, but Pujols' first homer cut into the Cardinals' deficit. St. Louis rallied to tie the game in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez, who suffered his fourth blown save of the season.

Kyle McClellan (3-2) pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth but St. Louis went ahead in the 10th with a one-out rally.

MLB: St. Louis 4, Houston 3

St. Louis, July 31: Matt Holliday doubled home the tying run in the eighth and then scored on a single by Rick Ankiel Friday, boosting St. Louis to a 4-3 victory over Houston

The Cardinals jumped a half game in front of the Chicago Cubs for the lead in the National League Central.

St. Louis had already come from one run behind twice in the game before doing it again in the eighth.

With one out, Alberto Arias (2-1) hit Albert Pujols with a pitch and Pujols promptly scored on Holliday's double -- the last of his four hits. Since being obtained by the Cardinals from Oakland last week, Holliday is batting .586.

Holliday moved to third on a wild pitch and put the Cardinals in front when Ankiel singled to left.

MLB: St. Louis 3, LA Dodgers 2

St. Louis, July 30: Albert Pujols singled home Julio Lugo from second with two out in the 15th inning Wednesday, giving St. Louis a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pujols finally ended a five-hour game that saw the Cardinals win their third straight and stay in a virtual tie with the Chicago Cubs atop the National League Central. The Dodgers have lost four in a row.

St. Louis scored in the ninth to tie it at 1-1 and both sides produced a run in the 11th.

Los Angeles missed a chance to take the lead in the 12th when Manny Ramirez was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a two-out single by Casey Blake.