Cardinals beat Bucs

Put simply, Albert Pujols came through.

Albert Pujols facing the Cincinnati Reds on Th...

Albert Pujols

It did not come easy though. Reliever turned starter Kyle McClellan gave up a two-run homerun to Lyle Overbay in the first inning.

Despite being no-hit for three innings, the Cardinals battled back. After a leadoff double by Lance Berkman, Allen Craig slapped a base hit up the middle to get the Birds on the board.

Trailing by one, Albert Pujols finally came through. With one out and runners on the corner’s, Pujols hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2.

Kyle McClellan settled down and pitched 6 solid innings of 2 run ball. He allowed 6 hits and struck out 7 in his debut as a starter.

In the bottom of the seventh, SS Ryan Theriot got on base for the third time and Colby Rasmus singled on a line drive to center field. Pujols then knocked a base hit into left field to score Theriot and the Cardinals took a 3-2 lead.

The St. Louis bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to give the Cardinals the win. The win puts them at 2-3 overall with a chance to win the series tomorrow against the Pirates (and finish the opening homestand at .500) before heading out to the West Coast for a 10 game road trip.

To all those who decided to boo Albert in those first four games were quick to remember how great he truly is.

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