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Albert Pujols homered twice and Miles Mikolas tossed eight efficient innings, serving to the St....

Albert Pujols homered twice and Miles Mikolas tossed eight efficient innings, serving to the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Sunday.

Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neill additionally linked for St. Louis, which pushed its Nationwide League Central lead over second-place Milwaukee to 1½ video games.

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Carlson broke a 2-all tie together with his eighth homer of the season, a drive to left in opposition to Taylor Rogers (1-6) within the eighth.

Hunter Renfroe and Rowdy Tellez homered for Milwaukee, which beat St. Louis 3-2 in 10 innings on Saturday evening.

Pujols hit a solo shot within the second and a three-run drive within the eighth to present him 689 profession homers. It was his 63rd profession multihomer recreation, tying him with Willie Mays for fifth all time.

The 42-year-old Pujols ranks fourth on the profession homer listing behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

“I’m the grandpa on this clubhouse,” Pujols mentioned. “I’m having a good time.”

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Pujols has 10 homers and 30 RBIs in what he has mentioned will likely be his final season.

“I’ve been placing some good swings all 12 months lengthy,” Pujols mentioned. “Generally, you’re going to get breaks. Generally you aren’t.”

Pujols has reached 10 homers for the twenty first time in his profession.

“To see him do these unimaginable issues and also you hear the gang react, he’s simply giving the individuals what they need,” Mikolas mentioned. “It doesn’t get any higher than that.”

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Pujols not solely did the job on the sphere, however he additionally handed out some worthwhile recommendation throughout the hitters’ assembly earlier than the sport.

“He’s bought a number of expertise, he’s confronted a number of guys on this league,” Carlson mentioned.

Pujols, a daily starter in opposition to left-handers, even impressed the opposition.

“He bought his pitches and he did harm,” Milwaukee outfielder Andrew McCutchen mentioned. “That’s what he’s performed his complete profession.”

Mikolas (9-9) permitted two runs and 4 hits. He struck out six and walked none.

Mikolas was coming off a tough outing. He gave up 10 runs in a 16-5 loss to Colorado on Tuesday.

“A little bit of a clunker in Colorado,” Mikolas mentioned. “I caught to my weapons and caught with what works finest. Pound the zone and good issues will occur.”

Renfroe hit a two-run shot within the second off Mikolas, who then retired the subsequent 10 batters. It was Renfroe’s twentieth homer this season.

O’Neill tied the sport together with his seventh homer within the sixth.

St. Louis took an 8-7 lead within the season sequence. The groups have 4 video games remaining in opposition to one another.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty will make a rehab begin at Double-A Springfield on Tuesday. Flaherty, who was positioned on the injured listing on June 27 due to a proper shoulder pressure, will throw 45-50 pitches in his second rehab begin.

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Brewers: RHP Freddy Peralta (4-2, 4.37 ERA) faces Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Julio Urias (12-6, 2.49 ERA) within the first of a four-game set on Monday in Milwaukee. Peralta will likely be making his eleventh begin of the season.

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Cardinals: LHP Jose Quintana (4-5, 3.37 ERA) will tackle Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland (7-8, 4.84 ERA) within the first of a three-game sequence on Tuesday in St. Louis. Quintana will likely be making his second begin after coming over from Pittsburgh in a commerce.

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