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Albert Pujols hit the 703rd home run of his career on Monday, in addition to tying Babe Ruth for second in RBIs in a loss to St. Louis. Louis Cardinals’ 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After hitting Mitch Keller in left field in the sixth inning, Pujols has 2,216 RBIs, two more than Ruth. Only Hank Aaron tallies more with his record harvest of 2,297 RBIs.
It was Pujols’ 35th long ball at PNC Park, his most in an opponent’s ballpark.
“Passing Babe Ruth is a huge accomplishment,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “It was fun to watch him hit a home run in that situation. You feel pretty good every time he hits, and his home runs have been very significant. »
Pujols, who will retire at the end of the season, hits a long ball for the second straight game after straining his arm in his final appearance at Busch Stadium on Sunday.
“It’s an amazing time to be with him and with this team,” Cardinals starting pitcher Jose Quintana said. He still believes in his abilities. The most impressive thing is that he hits a home run and then is ready for the next one. He wants to continue. »
The 42-year-old has 24 homers since the start of the season, 18 in just 55 games since the All-Star break.
In September, he became the fourth member of the 700 home run club, after Barry Bonds (762), Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).
The Phillies complete the playoff picture
Aaron Nola was perfect until the seventh inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Houston Astros 3-0 to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and complete the Major League Baseball playoff picture.
Nola finished the game with two hits and nine strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings. With 88 batters on the clock, he was pulled after allowing back-to-back singles to Yordan Alvarez and David Hensley with two outs in the seventh.
National League home run leader Kyle Schwarber hit his 45th and 46th home runs of the season. Bryson Stott scored his 10th goal of the season.
Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2) allowed one run in six innings in the loss.
There is no Mets-Nats matchup on Monday
Monday’s game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets was postponed due to rain.
The Mets, who are chasing the Nationals East Division title, and the Nationals will square off on Tuesday.
The Atlanta Braves, the defending World Series champions, however, can secure a spot ahead of the Mets in the American East division by winning their three-game series against the Marlins. Despite being down 4-0, the Braves would finish on top by winning the final two games of the series.
The Braves (100-61) are on track for their fifth straight Division I title. The Mets must sweep their three-game series against the Nationals to have any hopes of a division title.
The Mets (98-61) led the NL East 175 days into the season, but fell in the standings due to a three-game sweep against the Mets over the weekend.
In second place in the National League
Cubs 1 – Reds 3
HCC : Hayden Wesneski (3-2) allowed two runs, just one earned, in six innings.
NOTHING : Hunter Greene allowed two hits in six innings and the Reds snapped a six-game losing streak.
Braves 0 – Marlins 4
ATL : The Braves are a game and a half ahead of the Mets for 1st place in the Eastern Division.
MIA : Bryan De La Cruz had three hits, including a double and a home run. He drove in three runs.
Diamondbacks 5 – Brewers 6 (10 innings)
ARI : Sergio Alcantara homered and drove in three runs.
MIL : With their season on the line, the Brewers pulled off a dramatic win in the 10th, but were still eliminated thanks to a win over the Phillies.
Giants 4 – Padres 7
SF : The Giants scored each of their 4 runs in the 9th inning.
SD : Wil Myers drove in 3 runs while starter Joe Musgrove (11-7) allowed nothing in 6 innings of work.