The Cardinals finished the 2003 season with an 85-77 record by beating the Diamondbacks 9-5. Albert Pujols had two hits and won the tightest National League batting race and the third tightest in Major League history. Pujols finished with a .3587 average while Todd Helton finished with a .3585 mark. At 23-years and 255 days, Pujols became the youngest National League batting champ since Tommy Davis of the Dodgers took the crown in 1962 at 23-years 196 days. Pujols finished fourth in the National League in RBI’s with 124 and fourth in home runs with 43. Woody Williams was the starting pitcher for St. Louis and lasted into the seventh inning. He gave up two runs but still earned his career-high 18th win. The Cardinals finished in third place in the National League Central, three games out of first place.
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