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Albert Pujols hit his 703rd career home run on Monday, as well as knocking out Babe Ruth in second in RBIs in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After Mitch Keller’s two-run homer in left field in the sixth inning, Pujols had 2,216 RBIs, two more than Ruth. Only Hank Aaron counts more with a record crop of 2,297 RBIs.
It was Pujols’ 35th long ball at PNC Park, his most in an opponent’s stadium.
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said, “Passing Babe Ruth is a great achievement.” “It was fun to watch him hit home runs in that position. You feel great every time he hits, and his home runs have been meaningful. ,
Pujols, who will retire at the end of the season, hit the long ball for the second game in a row on Sunday in his final appearance at Busch Stadium.
Cardinals starting pitcher Jose Quintana said, “It’s an amazing time to be with him and with this team.” He continues to believe in his abilities. Most impressively, he hits a home run and then he’s ready for the next run. 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, following Barry Bonds (762), Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).
Phillies complete playoff picture
Aaron Nola was perfect until the seventh inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies shut out the Houston Astros, 3–0, to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and complete Major League Baseball’s playoff picture.
Nola allowed two hits and finished the game with nine strikeouts over six and two-thirds innings. With 88 shots on the clock, he was pulled from the game after allowing back-to-back singles to Jordan Alvarez and David Hensley with two outs in the seventh.
National League home run leader Kyle Schwarber hit his 45th and 46th long pitches of the season. Bryson Stott hit his 10th homer of the season.
Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2) allowed one run in the loss over six innings.
No Mets-Nats Duel on Monday
Monday’s game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets was postponed due to rain.
The Mets, who are chasing the Nationals East division title, and the Nationals will square off in a doubleheader on Tuesday.
The Atlanta Braves, the defending World Series champions, can overtake the Mets in the American East division with a win in their three-game series against the Marlins. Despite the 4–0 loss, the Braves came out on top with wins in the final two games of the series.
The Braves (100-61) are poised for a fifth straight division title. The Mets must win their three-game series against the Nationals to hope for the division title.
The Mets (98–61) led the NL East through 175 days of the season, but fell in the standings due to a three-game sweep against the Mets over the weekend.
Elsewhere in the National League
Cub 1 – Red 3
hcc : Hayden Wesneski (3-2) allowed two runs in six innings, only one earned run.
NIC : Hunter Green allowed two hits in six innings and the Reds snapped a six-game losing streak.
Braves 0 – Marlins 4
atl : The Braves are one and a half games ahead of the Mets for first place in the East Division.
MIA : Brian De La Cruz hit three hits, including a double and a home run. He scored 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 a dramatic win in the 10th, but were still out on base by the Phillies’ win.
Giants 4 – Padres 7
SF : The Giants scored each of their 4 runs in the 9th inning.
sd : Will Myers allowed 3 runs while starter Joe Musgrove (11-7) allowed nothing in 6 innings of work.