Pujols' Homer Lifts Cards

8 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 26 2011 Jul 26, 2011 Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:03:08 PM CDT July 26, 2011 in Baseball
Source: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Albert Pujols got the St. Louis Cardinals off to a quick start with a two-run first inning homer, and starter Jake Westbrook made it hold up with six innings of one-run ball as the Cardinals defeated the slumping Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday

Pujols hit the first pitch he saw from Houston starter Brett Myers on a line to left center field. The ball appeared to hit the top of the wall, but was ruled a home run by third base umpire Mike DiMuro. Houston center fielder Michael Bourn and left fielder Carlos Lee rushed in to dispute the call, which was subsequently
reviewed by replay and upheld for Pujols' 23rd homer.

It was the third time in the last six games that Pujols has homered in the first inning.

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