Albert Pujols hit his 27th and 28th home runs in his first two at-bats as the Cardinals beat the Twins 5-3 Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium.  It was a short day for Cards’ starter Todd Wellemeyer, who left after 2.1innings.

Pujols drove in Skip Schumaker who doubled to start the Cardinals first inning off Twins’ starter Kevin Slowey to make it 2-0.  Two walks and a wild pitch helped lead to a 3-2 Twins lead in the second.  In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals struck again.  Schumaker singled with one out and after Colby Rasmus flew out, Slowey served up his second homer to Pujols.  Then back to back singles by Molina and Duncan, then a throwing error forced Slowey to intentionally walk Rick Ankiel.  Slowey then hit Tyler Greene to score Duncan.  Slowey’s day would end when he would be pinch hit for in the top of the fourth.

Todd Wellemeyer was pulled in the third inning after throwing 68 pitches and walking four while giving up four hits.  Josh Kinney, Trever Miller, Kyle McClellan, Dennys Reyes, Jason Motte and Ryan Franklin all pitched shutout ball, as Franklin picking up his 18th save in 19 chances.