Albert Pujols, through with his April hitting drought, homered twice with five RBIs, spear-heading the St. Louis Cardinals' (6-5) thirteen-hit, 10-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers (6-5) on Sunday.
In just his third start after making 572 consecutive relief appearances, Braden Looper (2-1, 2.37 ERA) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings, winning his second decision. The Cardinals first home win since Game 5 of the World Series came against Brewers ace Ben Sheets (1-2, 5.85 ERA), who fell to 4-14 in 22 career starts against St. Louis after allowing eight runs - seven earned - on eight hits in five-plus innings.
Prince Fielder and Johnny Estrada drove in a run apiece in the first inning for the Brewers, but that's all they'd get. The other five RBIs for St. Louis came on a Looper groundout in the fourth and a Chris Duncan homer in the fifth. Then Scott Spiezio took one for the team in the sixth before David Eckstein hit a sac fly later in the inning. Adam Kennedy hit an RBI single in the seventh.
Everyone in uniform wore #42 to honor the 60th anniversary of major league debut. Granddaughters of Robinson along with , the Brooklyn Dodgers' 1947 GM, threw out the ceremonial first pitches.
*In case anyone is wondering why the Cardinals (and Pirates) entire roster was wearing #42, the Cardinals took the opportunity when they heard it was an option. Tony La Russa asked everyone on the team and they all wanted to participate. He said, "I guess that sends a message about how this club feels about what he went through [and the] opportunities he's provided for others."