Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright make history in Cardinals’ rout

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols launched a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in 5 runs, Adam Wainwright pitched seven sharp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Colorado Rockies 13-0 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

“We’re taking part in proper now, I feel the way in which that we had been anticipating ourselves to play early within the yr,” Pujols stated. “We didn’t, however we had some glimpses right here and there. Now we’re taking part in one of the best baseball we’ve performed all yr lengthy.”

Wainwright known as Pujols “unimaginable.”

“He appears to be like the identical as when he left to me,” Wainwright stated. “That is what he’s imagined to appear like, right here this stadium, doing these items.”

Albert Pujols crushed a grand slam within the third inning.
Albert Pujols takes a curtain call after his grand slam.
Albert Pujols takes a curtain name after his grand slam.
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The Elias Sports activities Bureau stated the Cardinals had been the primary group in huge league historical past to have a participant at the very least 40 years outdated hit a grand slam and one other at the very least 40 to pitch seven shutout innings in the identical sport. Pujols is 42, two years older than Wainwright.

The Rockies misplaced beginning pitcher Antonio Senzatela and proper fielder Charlie Blackmon within the second inning to leg accidents. Senzatela crumpled to the bottom after trying to cowl first base and Blackmon was eliminated an inning after beating out an infield single.

Rockies supervisor Bud Black stated Blackmon will not be anticipated to go on the injured checklist, however will most likely not begin within the subsequent sport. He wasn’t as assured on Senzatela’s outlook. Each gamers will likely be re-evaluated tomorrow.

“Antonio goes to get a MRI within the morning,” Black stated. “He undoubtedly has a (left) knee sprain to a sure extent. How important? We gained’t know till tomorrow. Devastating, proper?”

The NL Central-leading Cardinals gained their fourth in a row and despatched Colorado to its fifth straight loss. St. Louis has gained 12 of its final 13 dwelling video games and has taken 12 straight from the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

Pujols hit his 690th profession dwelling run, connecting off Austin Gomber and capping a five-run third that made it 10-0. It was Pujols’ sixteenth profession grand slam — his first as a pinch hitter — and it moved him right into a tie with Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Dave Kingman for Tenth-most slams of all-time.

Adam Wainwright pitches on Thursday during the Cardinals' win over the Rockies.
Adam Wainwright pitches on Thursday throughout the Cardinals’ win over the Rockies.
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Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol stated went with the unconventional determination to pinch-hit Pujols within the third inning for designated hitter Brendan Donovan as a result of he preferred the matchup towards Gomber.

“He’s been killing lefties,” Marmol stated. “The sport’s by no means over, however you may put the sport away there with a great swing and it’s all the time good to get the gang engaged. We felt good about it and he did his job.”

Pujols added an RBI single.

“I feel on the finish of the day, simply being a part of an important group, an important group of fellows that need to win, younger gamers they’re watching, I’m blessed to be right here, and simply assist these guys out,” Pujols stated. “It’s enjoyable, belief me.”

Wainwright (10-9) gave up three hits, two of them infield singles. He struck out seven, walked none and retired his last 13 batters.

Albert Pujols celebrates after the Cardinals' win.
Albert Pujols celebrates after the Cardinals’ win.
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“My job as we speak it was simply to not mess it up,” he stated. “The offense was the story. They had been unimaginable you already know and Albert hitting the grand slam, I imply we’re simply type of like dwelling in his shadow proper, which is the place we needs to be.”

Génesis Cabrera and Chris Stratton every pitched a scoreless inning of reduction to finish the four-hitter.

Lars Nootbaar hit a two-run homer. Paul Goldschmidt added two doubles and a single.

Senzatela (3-7) struggled previous to his damage, giving up 5 runs in 1 2/3 innings. The fitting-hander is 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in his eight highway begins this season.

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