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|Pujols HR Leads Cards Over Reds
|CINCINNATI (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer -- his second in two days -- and Chris Carpenter stymied the NL's most prolific offense again, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.
Pujols connected in the fifth inning off Bronson Arroyo (7-8), who gives up the most homers in the NL. It was Pujols' 20th homer overall and his third since returning from a broken left wrist.
Carpenter (5-7) allowed Joey Votto's RBI single in eight innings, improving to 14-4 career against the Reds. He's won 12 of his last 13 decisions against Cincinnati.
Another sellout crowd was hoping for a second straight Reds comeback. Instead, Fernando Salas -- who gave up Brandon Phillips' game-ending homer on Friday -- finished them off.
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