PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit a three-run double to reach the 100 RBIs mark for the ninth consecutive season and Adam Wainwright limited Pittsburgh to one run over 6 2-3 innings, leading the Cardinals past the Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night.
Pujols, who hits better in Pittsburgh than any other hitter, missed a chance to possibly break open the game when he grounded into a double play in the fifth with two on and none out. He made up for it an inning later with a bases-loaded double down the left-field line that made it 5-0.
Pujols is the only National League player to begin his career with nine consecutive seasons of 100 or more RBIs. The only major league hitter with a longer streak is Hall of Famer Al Simmons, who had 11 consecutive seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics from 1924-34.
Pujols, who went 1 for 5, is hitting .429 against Pittsburgh this season with three homers and 11 RBIs in 11 games. He is career .380 hitter at PNC Park, where he has 64 RBIs in 67 career games.
Wainwright (13-7) didn't need much support in dealing the Pirates their seventh consecutive loss, all at home. The Pirates' only run off the right-hander came on Delwyn Young's RBI single in the sixth, and Wainwright was pulled an inning later only because he threw 112 pitches, 83 for strikes.
Wainwright won his sixth in a row on the road -- he hasn't lost away from Busch Stadium since May 31 -- and is 9-1 in 11 road starts. He struck out six and didn't walk any as the Cardinals, back in first place in the NL Central, won for the eighth time in 11 games.
Ronny Cedeno hit a two-run homer with two out in the ninth against Jason Motte, but the Pirates still dropped their 12th in 14 games. They are 2-7 during a 10-game homestand that began July 31, when they finished up a series of trades that stripped their roster of five opening day starters.
The deals also weakened a bullpen that has given up 26 runs in 29 innings since left-hander John Grabow was traded to the Cubs.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton (2-5) was effective, limiting the Cardinals to one run on Matt Holliday's RBI single in the fifth, but St. Louis scored four times in the sixth against Chris Bootcheck in his Pirates debut.
Bootcheck gave up Yadier Molina's single and walked Julio Lugo, Skip Schumaker and Colby Rasmus in a span of five batters to force in a run, and Pujols followed with his double.
After Cedeno homered, Ryan Franklin came on to get the final out and his 26th save in 28 attempts.
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