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Albert Pujols

MLB: Arizona 4, St. Louis 2

St. Louis, July 18: Dan Haren went eight innings and drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk Saturday to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat St. Louis 4-2.

Haren (10-5), a former Cardinal, limited St. Louis to one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts to get his fourth straight victory. He retired 15 batters in a row at one point before issuing a one-out walk in the eighth inning, and improved his major league-leading ERA to 1.96.

Chad Qualls allowed a two-out, run-scoring single to pinch-hitter Joe Thurston in the ninth but then got pinch-hitter Rick Ankiel to fly out to center to end the game and post his 17th save.

MLB: St. Louis 6, Arizona 1

St. Louis, July 17: Albert Pujols bounced back from a disappointing performance in the All-Star Game by hitting two homers Friday and leading St. Louis past Arizona 6-1.

Pujols hit solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings, boosting his major league-best total to 34.

The Cardinals hosted the 80th All-Star Game Tuesday. Pujols went hitless in three at bats and committed an error that helped the American League pull out a 4-3 victory.

Nick Stavinoha added a two-run homer in the eighth inning Friday and the Cardinals took a shutout into the ninth before reliever Jason Motte surrendered a solo shot to Miguel Montero.

Chris Carpenter (8-3) went eight innings, scattering seven hits and striking out seven to win his third straight start.

Milwaukee's Fielder wins home run derby

St. Louis, July 13: Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder won the 2009 Home Run Derby Monday, beating Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz in the final round.

Fielder, 25, became the first Milwaukee player win the Derby, held on the eve of Tuesday's All-Star Game. He had six homers in the final round to five for Cruz.

Fielder led the way with 17 homers going to the final round, while Cruz had 16.

Fielder totaled 23 homers for the night, while Cruz had 21.

Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard, the 2006 champion, had 15 total homers.

MLB: St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 4

Cincinnati, July 3: Jarrett Hoffpauir gave St. Louis a ninth-inning lead with his first major league hit Friday, lifting the Cardinals to a 7-4 victory over Cincinnati.

St. Louis had failed to score through seven innings, but Albert Pujols hit his team-record fourth grand slam homer of the season in the eighth to give St. Louis a 4-3 advantage. The Reds came back in the bottom half of the inning to tie it on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Hernandez.

The first two St. Louis batters were retired in the ninth, but Colby Rasmus and Brendan Ryan both singled and Skip Schumaker loaded the bases when shortstop Paul Janish booted his ground ball.

MLB: St. Louis 5, San Francisco 2

St. Louis, July 2: Todd Wellemeyer took a shutout into the eighth inning Thursday and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs to bring St. Louis a 5-2 win over San Francisco.

Albert Pujols, who came into the game with a .632 batting average in six games against the Giants this season, went hitless in two at bats but drew two intentional walks. He leads the majors with 30 homers and 77 RBI.

Wellemeyer (7-7) blanked the Giants until Aaron Rowand hit a one-out, two-run homer in the eighth. Three relievers combined to record the last five outs, with Ryan Franklin working a perfect ninth for his 19th save.

The Cardinals have won back-to-back games after dropping six out of seven.

MLB: San Francisco 6, St. Louis 3

St. Louis, June 30: Edgar Renteria was 3-for-4 with two RBI Tuesday to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Randy Johnson (8-5) gave up three runs on four hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions.

Bengie Molina had two hits and two RBI, and Pablo Sandoval had an RBI and two runs scored for San Francisco, which has won five of seven.

Chris Carpenter (5-3), previously 3-0 at home this year, allowed six runs on 11 hits in five innings for St. Louis, which has lost six of seven.

Albert Pujols powered the Cardinals with two home runs and three RBI, to finish the month with 14 home runs and 35 RBI.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

MLB: St. Louis 3, N.Y. Mets 0

United States, N.Y. June 23: Joel Pineiro pitched a two-hit shutout and was 2-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday to pace the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-0 win over the New York Mets.

Pineiro (6-8) had his 11th career complete game.

Brendan Ryan was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Cardinals, who have won four of their last five games. Albert Pujols had a two-run single and Skip Schumaker went 2-for-3 and scored once.

Losing pitcher Livan Hernandez (5-2) allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings.

Luis Castillo and pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed had the only hits for the injury-riddled Mets.

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MLB: St. Louis 12, Kansas City 5

Kansas -- Albert Pujols drove in six runs Sunday with two homers, leading the St. Louis Cardinals in a 12-5 inter-league rout and a three-game sweep of Kansas City.

Pujols, who leads the majors with 26 homers, launched a fourth-inning grand slam and a fifth-inning solo homer after a first-inning RBI infield single.
Rick Ankiel, Chris Duncan and Skip Schumaker all had two hits and one RBI.

Khalil Greene hit a solo homer and Tyler Greene had one RBI for the Cardinals, who presented Manager Tony La Russa with his 2,500th career victory.

Winner Adam Wainwright (8-4) surrendered five runs and eight hits in six innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.

MLB: Cleveland 7, St. Louis 3

Cleveland, June 12: Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and three RBI Friday, propelling the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 inter-league win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Choo's first-inning RBI single produced the game's first run and his two-run single upped Cleveland's lead to 4-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Victor Martinez hit a two-run eighth-inning double, while Mark DeRosa and Jamey Carroll added two hits apiece for the Indians, who have won three of four.

Winner David Huff (2-2) gave up three runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

MLB: San Francisco 4, St. Louis 2

San Francisco -- Matt Cain gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings Friday and won his fourth straight decision, helping bring the San Francisco Giants a 4-2 victory over St. Louis.

The Cardinals lost for the first time in three games and fell back into a tie with Milwaukee atop the National League Central.

Cain (6-1) struck out five and allowed six hits before leaving with one on and one out in the seventh.

St. Louis did not manage a single base runner against three relievers, with Brian Wilson working the ninth for his 11th save.

Pablo Sandoval drove in the first two San Francisco runs with a first-inning single and the Giants scored twice more in the fourth when Fred Lewis tripled in a run. Lewis then came in on a single by Emmanuel Burriss.