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|Cardinals Win Home Opener; Astros Still Winless
|ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Albert Pujols homered and drove in four runs, leading Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals over winless Houston 5-0 Monday in their home opener and dropping the Astros to 0-7.
New batting coach Mark McGwire drew one of the biggest cheers during the pregame introductions before his first home game since retiring after the 2001 season.
Pujols hit an RBI single and a three-run homer and Ryan Ludwick went 4 for 4. Wainwright (2-0) pitched eight scoreless innings and added his first career pickoff.
The Astros are off to their worst since opening 0-9 in 1983. They've been shut out three times while facing a string of aces - Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Roy Halladay and Wainwright already - and have scored a major league-low 13 runs.
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