Albert Pujols couldn’t stay off the bases and Matt Morris cruised to his 11th win as the Cardinals topped the Brewers 11-4 at Busch Stadium Monday night.
Pujols was 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI’s and four runs scored. He hit his 24th home run of the season in the fourth inning, a two-run shot, off Jeff Obermueller. The blast gave St. Louis an 8-4 lead. But Pujols wasn’t the only one spraying the ball around on Monday. Mark Grudzielanek and Abraham Nunez did some damage in the sixth and seventh spots of the lineup, driving three runs apiece.
Morris (11-2) lasted just five innings and allowed two earned runs off eight hits and a walk. He struck out three batters. Brad Thompson relieved him in the sixth inning and didn’t give up a hit in his two innings of work. Randy Flores and Cal Eldred worked an inning apiece to finish out the game.
The Cardinals have now won five in a row and ten of their last twelve to move 28 games over .500. They remained 13 games ahead of the second-place Cubs in the National League Central race.