Albert Pujols went 4-4 including a solo homer in the first and a single leading off the Cardinals three run fourth inning to push St. Louis past Zach Duke and the Bucs.
Duke didn't have his best outing, but he was okay. He gave up four in 5-1/3. The big blow in the fourth was a two run triple from Chris Duncan.
Mitchell Boggs started for St. Louis and ran up a high pitch count before being pulled after Nate McLouth's double pulled the Pirates to within 4-2 with one out in the fifth inning. The St. Louis bullpen threw 4-2/3 innings of one hit relief to seal it. Kyle McClellan got the win for his relief effort.
Duke certainly wasn't terrible. He paid for his mistakes as the Cards offense was efficient. He only allowed eight base runners and half of them scored.
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