St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols (5) celebrates with teammate Yadier Molina (4) after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 29, 2010 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) pitches in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 29, 2010 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Cardinals' Felipe Lopez (3) heads for first after connecting for a single, his fourth of the game, in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, June 29, 2010 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
(AP) -- Pujols homered twice and doubled with a season-high five RBIs and Adam Wainwright handcuffed the Arizona Diamondbacks into the seventh inning in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-0 victory on Tuesday night.
Dontrelle Willis (1-1) had another wild outing for the Diamondbacks, walking six, hitting a batter and getting lucky on a really wild pitch thrown behind a batter that caromed back to catcher Miguel Montero for a tag play at the plate in the fourth. The Cardinals had 14 baserunners in 23 at-bats against the 28-year-old lefty, who retired none of four batters to start the fifth and has walked 13 in 7 1-3 innings his last two starts.
Wainwright (11-5) worked his major league-record 23rd consecutive quality start at home, four more than any other pitcher in history, and improved to 8-0 with a 1.49 ERA at home. Wainwright, who scored the winning run on a throwing error on Monday, rebounded smartly from a season-low four-inning outing in his last start, and added an RBI single and two walks off Willis.
Pujols hasn't matched his start from last season, when he had 32 homers and 87 RBIs at the All-Star break, and totaled eight extra-base hits in June until Tuesday. But he's tied for the NL lead with 18 homers after getting three the last three games, and among the leaders with 57 RBIs and a .312 average.
Pujols has four multihomer games this season and 37 overall, tying Stan Musial for the franchise record.
Felipe Lopez had four hits to match his career best and scored three times. Matt Holliday had two hits and two walks, although he missed out on a two-double game when he was tagged out after oversliding second in the third.
Willis' wildness didn't cost him early, with the Cardinals leaving the bases loaded and stranding two in the second. Lopez got a leadoff single ahead of both of Pujols two-run homers, the first on a drive over the visitors' bullpen in left-center in the third and the second to straightaway center in the fifth to make it 4-0.
The Diamondbacks have lost 18 of 21 on the road and Arizona pitchers have given up 44 homers in the last 39 games.
NOTES: The Cardinals are the first team since the 1974 Pirates to have two pitchers score in the same inning, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jaime Garcia scored the tying run and Wainwright slid home with the winning run in a three-run ninth Monday. Ken Brett and Dock Ellis were the Pirates pitchers. ... Wainwright was taken out in mid-inning for the first time in 27 starts dating to Aug. 8 at Pittsburgh, when he went 6 2-3 innings. ... Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew missed his fourth start in five games with a sore left knee. ... Willis has 56 walks in 65 2-3 innings overall this year with the Tigers and Diamondbacks.
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