Albert Pujols Blasts 2 Home Runs to Power Cardinals Past Diamondbacks
Albert Pujols went 4-for-4 and smacked two long homers and Paul DeJong hit a grand slam to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 16–7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night in Phoenix.
Lars Nootbaar reached base five times on three hits and two walks and drove in three runs on a two-run triple and an RBI single as the Cardinals won their sixth straight game and 17th of their last 21.
Nootbaar scored on the triple due to an Arizona error.Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in four runs. He has 100 RBIs on the season.
Pujols also moved into second on the all-time total bases list with 6,143. He passed Cardinals legend Stan Musial (6,134) and only trails Hank Aaron (6,856).
Carson Kelly drove in three runs and Jake McCarthy homered for the Diamondbacks.
The Cardinals played without catcher Yadier Molina, who was placed on the restricted list prior to the game for “business matters.”
Arizona starter Madison Bumgarner (6–13) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings while dropping to 0–4 over his last five starts. He struck out three and walked two.
There were two on with two outs in the sixth when Nootbaar hit a grounder just inside the first base line against Noe Ramirez. Arizona right fielder Daulton Varsho had trouble picking up the ball and was charged with an error as three runs scored, the last being Nootbaar standing up without a play to give the Cardinals a 7–4 lead.