Albert Pujols belts 698th homer to lead Cardinals past Reds

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols hit his 698th residence run, a tying two-run drive within the sixth inning that sparked the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Friday evening.

Pujols hit a first-pitch slider from Raynel Espinal 427 ft into the left-field stands for his nineteenth residence run this season, tying the rating 4-4. Pujols trails solely Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) on the career listing.

“It’s just being out there and contributing to this ballclub and this organization,” Pujols mentioned. “I think just getting every opportunity that I’ve been getting, especially lately, and just trying to help this ballclub to win.”

With 2,203 RBIs, the 42-year-old Pujols moved inside 11 of Ruth for second, behind Aaron’s 2,297.

Ryan Helsley struck out Kyle Farmer, Jake Fraley and Donovan Solano on 9 pitches for his 18th save in 22 probabilities, the third immaculate inning in Cardinals historical past after Bob Gibson in 1969 and Jason Isringhausen in 2002.

“That’s pretty cool history to be a part of,” Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner mentioned. “I could tell from his first pitch, Helsley, I was like, ‘OK, he’s ready to go.’”

Pujols is hitting .324 (45 for 139) with 15 homers and 35 RBIs in 47 video games since July 10. Five of his final six residence runs have come within the sixth inning or later, and his final 5 homers have tied the sport or put St. Louis forward.

“He continues to do it in meaningful situations,” “That was a big swing,” Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol mentioned. “It’d be one thing if he was just chasing it, but the thing is he’s taking an unbelievable approach and delivering when we need it most.”

Pujols hit a drive to T.J. Friedl on the left-field wall within the seventh. He is in his twenty second main league season and intends to retire on the finish of the season.

Albert Pujols watches his 698th homer depart the park within the sixth inning of the Cardinals’ 6-5 win over the Reds.

“This feels like a playoff atmosphere with the fans and the last year of myself and Yadi,” Pujols mentioned, referring to catcher Yadier Molina. “I think everybody’s really excited about it, and I think for us we just try to go out there, play the game, and just enjoy it.”

St. Louis (85-60), which maintained a 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Milwaukee within the NL Central, has 17 video games remaining.

After Farmer homered off JoJo Romero to give Cincinnati a 5-4 lead within the seventh, Brandon Donovan walked towards Ian Gibaut (1-2) main off the underside half, and Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado adopted with consecutive RBI doubles.

Albert Pujols tips his helmet to the Cardinals fans who gave him a standing ovation after he belted his 698th homer.
Albert Pujols suggestions his helmet to the Cardinals followers who gave him a standing ovation after he belted his 698th homer.

“These games are fun to play in,” Reds supervisor David Bell mentioned. “Our team literally gave everything they had to win that game. Obviously, when you do that it’s disappointing, but there’s no question that that’s how you play this game and that pays off.”

Chris Stratton (9-4) received the ultimate out of the seventh. Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty allowed 4 runs, six hits, two walks and two hit batters in 5 innings.

Goldschmidt doubled twice and received his 111th RBI.

Reds starter Fernando Cruz, carrying No. 21 to honor Roberto Clemente, retired his first 5 batters as an opener earlier than hitting Pujols with a pitch and popping out of the sport.

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