is batting .371 since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, spurring a charge that's putting them on the list of teams to beat
in the postseason.
But he'll never be surprised when teams pitch around
to get to him. Pujols drew his major league-leading 40th intentional walk to set the stage for Holliday's go-ahead three-run
homer in a 7-6 victory over the
on Tuesday night.
''I'm going to anticipate Albert being walked if
is hitting behind him,'' Holliday said. ''I mean, 42 home runs on Sept. 1. I think he's the best player of all time.
''Look at his first nine seasons and it would be hard to argue.''
The intentional walks have slowed down for Pujols, who had 32 at the All-Star break but now is the centerpiece of a much more
complete lineup. He had none the first 19 games of August, during which the Cardinals went 14-5.
Still, opponents want somebody else to beat them.
''Obviously, having Matt and
in our lineup it's not easy now,'' Pujols said. ''You have to make a pitch and not make a mistake because they're going to
make you pay.''
Holliday's 20th homer overall and ninth in 35 games with St. Louis lifted
(14-9) to his eighth straight win.
Pujols hit his major league-leading 42nd homer in the fourth for the Cardinals, who are a major-league best 26-9 since the
July 24 trade with the Athletics for Holliday. They're 30-4 since July 1 in starts by their big three -
hit a three-run homer in the first and matched his career high with four RBIs for the Brewers, who entered a three-game series
against the NL Central leaders with a three-game winning streak.
(3-5) with one out in the seventh, and Pujols got his free pass before Holliday drove
's first pitch an estimated 416 feet over the wall in left-center.
''I went right after him and he got me,'' Coffey said of Holliday, a career .406 hitter with six homers and 16 RBIs at new
Busch Stadium. ''I tried to use his aggressiveness against him.''
The Cardinals have won Pineiro's last 11 starts and 12 of 13. Pineiro escaped an early hole after only the seventh homer he's
surrendered all season.
Pineiro allowed one more run in his final six innings, retiring 13 of 14 at one point. He helped himself by making the Brewers
pound his sinker, striking out none for the third time this season but instead producing 16 groundouts that kept shortstop
busy (10 assists).
, hours after signing a two-year contract extension, allowed two runs in the ninth before getting his NL-leading 37th save
in 39 chances. J.J. Hardy, recalled from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, and
each had an RBI.
St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
worried about the focus of Franklin and
, who also signed a contract extension, before using them. Miller struck out
with a man on for the first out of the eighth.
''I don't have any numbers to support it, but especially for a pitcher, you announce something that day and it's distracting,''
La Russa said. ''Ryan was really fired up, he didn't have that calmness. Why, I don't know, but he fought through it.''
Coffey has given up four homers in his last five outings covering 5 2-3 innings, including two in the 13th inning and the
loss against the Reds on Aug. 26.
McGehee's 12th homer to straightaway center with two outs in the first gave the Brewers and
a three-run cushion. The lead evaporated in the fourth when Pujols' homer was the first of four straight hits, with
adding an RBI single and the tying run scoring on a doubleplay ball.
The Brewers singled three times in the sixth and took the lead on McGehee's single. St. Louis tied it in the bottom of the
's double and
's RBI single, both with two out.
NOTES: Looper worked six innings for the fourth straight start, giving up four runs on eight hits. ... Cardinals RHP
(elbow) had a poor start to an injury rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Memphis, allowing four runs on three hits in two-thirds
of an inning. ... The Cardinals activated
from the 60-day DL before the game. Glaus, out since shoulder surgery in January, was on deck as a pinch hitter in the eighth
when the third out was made.