St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols jumps on home plate and points to the sky after hitting a home run in the first inning during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak) By John Smierciak
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak) By John Smierciak
St. Louis Cardinals' Skip Schumaker steals second in the third inning as Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryan Theriot takes a late throw during a baseball game Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak) By John Smierciak
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak) By John Smierciak
CHICAGO (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit three long home runs and Adam Wainwright pitched seven impressive innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Pujols homered in the first, fifth and ninth innings for his fourth career three-homer game, and first since Sept. 3, 2006, against the Pirates. He has hit four home runs in four games after hitting one in 28 games.
The Cardinals, who begin a three-game series against the NL Central-leading Reds on Monday, won their first series at Wrigley Field since taking two of three from the Cubs April 20-22, 2007.
Wainwright (7-3) improved to 5-0 in his last eight starts against the Cubs. He allowed just one run on seven hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
The Cardinals finished a six-game road trip 3-3 and showed offensive life after getting shut out by Carlos Silva and the Cubs on Saturday. The Cardinals' 2-5 hitters had 12 of the team's 14 hits. Pujols' had three hits and Matt Holliday added four. Holliday is 10 for 17 in his last four games.
David Freese, who also had three hits, hit a two-run shot for the Cardinals.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (3-5) allowed six runs on nine hits. He struck out seven, walked three on 125 pitches.
With two outs in the first, Pujols hit a towering shot on a 1-2 pitch that easily cleared the left-center bleachers and landed on Waveland Ave.
In the fifth, Pujols pulled Dempster's two-out, 3-2 pitch just inside the left-field foul pole and onto Waveland to give St. Louis a 4-0 lead. It was Pujols third multihomer game of the season and 36th overall.
Pujols' third home run of the game came off John Grabow in the ninth. He hit a 1-2 pitch to straightaway center for his 12th of the season. After Holliday singled, Freese hit his fourth home run of the season.
Geovany Soto homered in the seventh for the Cubs, who finished a six-game homestand 3-3.
In the second inning with two outs, Aramis Ramirez tried to score from second on Starlin Castro's single, but center fielder Jon Jay threw out Ramirez at the plate.
The Cubs had another scoring chance spoiled in the fourth, with bases loaded and one out, Castro hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Brendan Ryan to set up an easy inning-ending double play.
NOTES: Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano will return to the starting rotation Wednesday at Pittsburgh. LHP Tom Gorzelanny will be moved to the bullpen. ... Cubs manager Lou Piniella said the Cubs plan to call up RHP Andrew Cashner sometime during the upcoming three-game series at Pittsburgh. Cashner, who was the Cubs first pick in 2008, will be used as a reliever. ... The 125 pitches thrown by Dempster are his most since throwing 126 Sept. 8, 2001, vs. the Mets, while with the Marlins. His career high is 130 on August 21, 2000, at San Francisco, while with Florida.
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