Cards Rock Cain in Blowout Win Over Giants

St. Louis puts up season highs in runs and hits
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2008 12:37 AM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols connects for a three-run home run in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, April 18, 2008 in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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(Newser) – Matt Cain absorbed the worst beating of his career from the same team he held hitless for six innings last weekend. Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run fourth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat San Francisco 11-1 on Friday. St. Louis reached a season best for runs and tied its high for hit.

The 23-year-old Cain (0-2) allowed a personal-high nine runs on eight hits in 3 2-3 innings. The outing, which included Chris Duncan's two-run homer in the third, surpassed the eight runs he allowed the Cubs in 5 1-3 innings in May 2006. Todd Wellemeyer (2-0) matched his career high with seven strong innings for the Cardinals, who are 8-2 at home.