ST. LOUIS (Ticker) --
gets a lot done without doing much. Whatever he's doing, it's more than enough.
Pujols collected four hits and four RBI and
blasted a three-run homer to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 13-8 victory over the
In the lineup while appealing his two-game suspension, Pujols put St. Louis on top for good, 3-2, with a two-run double in the second inning. He notched his league-leading 44th multi-hit game while stretching his hitting streak to 10 games.
"I just try to see the ball and hit it. I don't try to do too much," said Pujols, who has three hitting streaks of at least 10 games this season. "I stay back and try to get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on it. But I am just glad we won. That's all that matters."
"He's one of the best hitters in the National League. To be so young, it is absolutely phenomenal what he's doing," McClendon said. "To be successful, we have to make quality pitches. If not, he's going to take advantage of it. We didn't make pitches today and he took advantage of it."
Rolen added his 21st homer in the fourth off Pirates starter
(6-5) to make it 7-2.
Batting behind Pujols,
also had four hits and drove in two runs. Martinez is hitting .321 (54-for-168) with 33 RBI since May 21.
"I've been feeling really good at the plate, selective and taking my walks," he said. "I'm trying to get on base and take what they give me."
added three hits and an RBI as St. Louis bounced back from Friday's 10-5 loss and recorded a season high for a nine-inning game with 19 hits. The Cardinals had 18 against Baltimore on June 8.
"It was a good day to hit," St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
said. "The ball was carrying. We had a great day, a lot of big hits."
(14-3) won his fourth straight start, despite allowing five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The righthander, who struck out four and walked three, has won six of his last seven outings and tied Atlanta's
for the league lead in victories.
"He didn't make as many quality pitches as he usually does, but he made enough of them," La Russa said. "He got us almost through the sixth. Tomorrow morning, it's going to say they Cardinals won and
"I'm lucky to get a win," Williams admitted. "I haven't been pitching that well lately. It's hard on me because I don't feel like I'm doing my job. I'm putting a lot of pressure on the bullpen. I'm lucky we scored a million runs today."
gave up two runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings but picked up his eighth save. In a rare at-bat, the closer delivered a bases-loaded triple in the eighth to stretch St. Louis' lead to 13-6. It was his first hit since an RBI double for the
New York Mets
on May 24, 1999 against Pittsburgh.
"I just went out there and swung," Isringhausen said. "I had the chance and knew that Tony wasn't going to take me out of the game. It was great, but I got tired running the bases. You know, I'm not used to that. In the American League, I never hit. It was a good win. I got the save and a hit. I'll take it."
drove in two runs and
went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Pirates, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.
Fogg was rocked for seven runs and 10 hits in four innings to fall to 1-4 with an 8.49 ERA lifetime against St. Louis.
"He just didn't have much today," McClendon said. "His command was not that great. The ball was up in the middle of the plate and against a team like this, it's not good."
"I didn't pitch very well," Fogg added. "I didn't keep the ball down. I couldn't throw my fastball for strikes and keep my changeups down. My curveball wasn't over for strikes and whenever I did throw strikes, they hammered it. It's one of those days I'd like to forget about it."
The Pirates opened the scoring in the first on an RBI single by
, but Pujols tied it with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning.
put Pittsburgh back on top in the second with an RBI single.
After giving St. Louis the lead in the bottom half, Pujols scored on a ground-rule double by Martinez.
In the sixth, Reboulet delivered a two-run single and Nunez cut Pittsburgh's deficit to 7-5 with an RBI single. However, Pujols doubled in a run and Martinez delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
"You can't leave the ball over the middle of the plate like I did," Fogg said. "(Pujols) is an unbelievable hitter, obviously. He's one of those guys you've got to keep off-balance, and I didn't do a good job on that. When I did throw him strikes, he hammered them."