Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright make history in Cardinals’ rout

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols launched a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, Adam Wainwright pitched seven sharp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Colorado Rockies 13-0 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

“We’re playing right now, I think the way that we were expecting ourselves to play early in the year,” Pujols said. “We didn’t, but we had some glimpses here and there. Now we’re playing the best baseball we have played all year long.”

Wainwright called Pujols “incredible.”

“He looks the same as when he left to me,” Wainwright said. “This is what he’s supposed to look like, here this stadium, doing these things.”

Albert Pujols crushed a grand slam in the third inning.
Albert Pujols crushed a grand slam in the third inning.
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Albert Pujols takes a curtain call after his grand slam.
Albert Pujols takes a curtain call after his grand slam.
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The Elias Sports Bureau said the Cardinals were the first team in big league history to have a player at least 40 years old hit a grand slam and another at least 40 to pitch seven shutout innings in the same game. Pujols is 42, two years older than Wainwright.

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