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Pujols, Cardinals Clean Up Against Nats
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Albert Pujols had three hits and a walk and helped fuel a four-run first inning from the cleanup slot in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-2 victory over the Washington Nationals Monday night.

Kyle Lohse (1-3) became the final member of the rotation to win, a day after the Cardinals fell out of the NL Central lead for the first time since July 30, 2009. Jason Motte struck out pinch hitter Adam Dunn on a high fastball with two men in scoring position to end the seventh for St. Louis, which won for only the fourth time in 13 games.

The big first inning against Craig Stammen (1-2) came with Pujols batted fourth for the first time since May 30, 2003.

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