Pujols Scores Winning Run

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 11:57 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols reacts after scoring the winning run against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of the Cardinals' 6-5 victory in a Major League Baseball game.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – A hustling Albert Pujols scored from second base on a groundout in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. After a one-out double to right, Pujols took off on contact as Rick Ankiel grounded out to second baseman Jonathan Herrera, who never glanced at Pujols before lofting a throw to Todd Helton at first.

Pujols turned on the speed after rounding third and slid just out of the reach of Yorvit Torrealba, who lunged forward in an effort to tag him. Randy Flores (1-0) earned the win after working out of a jam in the eighth, and Jason Isringhausen pitched ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.