PITTSBURGH (AP) — Albert Pujols hit 696 homers to tie Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the career list as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Saturday night.
Pujols is the all-time home run leader behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). Pujols, 42, has 22 games left in his 22nd and final season in the major leagues.
“I don’t care who you’re married to,” Pujols said. “At the end of the day, it’s about binding[the game]for the team and giving them a chance to win….It’s pretty special. I recognize where I am in history. I think so… But after all, when I built my ballclub 21 years ago, it wasn’t what I was after.
“After 22 years, I don’t think I’m going to change my approach,” he continued. , it happens. Even if it doesn’t, at the end of the day, I think everyone, myself included, is pretty lucky with my career.”
With St. Louis losing 3–1 in the sixth inning, Pujols connected with JT Brubaker’s first pitch slider. I sent a run shot.
“I know it’s a historic home run, but it still sucks,” Brubaker said. “I should have given the team the lead and left the mound, but I didn’t. It’s bothering me.”
Pujols also recorded a double and a single as the NL Central leader. His RBI single in the eighth made it 4-all.
“Albert, you hit three. Big homer,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “…at the top of the zone he fouled two pitches away. He knew he had to make an adjustment to get over it. We were able to take it a little deeper, the single I got over it for.Drive on that run.It’s the pros at bat.”
Nolan Arenado broke the tie with a 3-run double with 2 outs in the 9th inning off Will Crow (5-9).
“You’ve got a guy who’s grinding now,” Marmol said. That’s good.”
Giovanny Gallegos (3-5) threw a perfect 8th inning for the Cardinals. Ryan Helsley allowed a two-out RBI single from Brian Reynolds in the ninth before giving Rodolfo Castro his 15th save.
Paul Goldschmidt batted 0 in four, dropping his batting average to .325 and trailing Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Freddie Freeman (.330) in the NL batting race. His two-out walk loaded the bases in the ninth inning.
O’Neil Cruz hit his 14th home run in the seventh inning, hitting Clemente Wall to right to give the Pirates a 4-3 lead. With his first single, the 23-year-old rookie extended his hitting streak to his career-high seven games. During the streak, he is his 14-for-30 (.467).
“He’s a good player,” Pujols said of Cruz. “Obviously, he has a great future ahead of him.”
Pittsburgh took a 3–0 lead with two homers off Jack Flaherty in the first two innings, a solo shot from Castro in the first, and a two-run drive from Jack Swinski in the second. Flaherty pitched his fifth inning, giving up his three runs on six hits.
Brendan Donovan cut the deficit to two with a home run in the Cardinals’ fifth.
Cardinals: LHP Packy Naughton recalled from Triple-A Memphis. …RHP James Naile He was optioned to Memphis.
Pirates: RHP David Bednar had live batting practice on Saturday. The All-Star closer has been on injured reserve since Aug. 3 with a hip strain.
Cardinals Jose Quintana (5-6, 3.41 ERA) will return to the Pittsburgh mound on Sunday to face pitcher Mitch Keller (5-10, 4.22 ERA). Quintana and he RHP Chris Stratton he was sent to St. Louis on August 1, RHP Johan Oviedo and he INF Malcolm Nunez transferred to the Pirates. Keller allowed his five hits in six shutout innings Tuesday against the Mets.
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