scheduled tribe. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit his 300th career homer and scored three runs as Albert Pujols reached another milestone as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-3 on Saturday.
Goldschmidt’s two-run homer in the second innings was his 20th this season and his first since June 27.
“I don’t get too caught up in the numbers. I try and show up and prepare every day and whatever happens, happens,” Goldschmidt said. “I try and do my part. I’m happy to help you win today.”
Now in his 12th major league season and a seven-time All-Star, the 34-year-old Goldsmith has become the 153rd player to reach 300 homers. They have 997 RBIs.
“It was nice to see him hit that homer today,” said manager Oliver Marmol. “He’s been incredible. His consistency. You can count on him every day in the lineup. Not everyone can say that. He never wants a day off. It’s good to be rewarded with an All-Star spot.”
42-year-old Pujol scored twice. He scored 1,889 runs to level Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig in 12th place.
Lars Knutbar added a three-run homer in the eighth inning of seventh Cincinnati pitcher Hunter Strickland.
Tommy Edman had his fourth multihit game in his last five games with a double and a single. He also did a walk and scored three runs.
Miles Mikolas (7-7) conceded a home run to Jonathan India to start the game, then allowed just two hits in the next six innings in his seven-inning outing. The 33-year-old starter has not allowed more than three runs in 17 of his 19 starts this season.
“There are no better ways to finish the first half than before the break,” Mikolas said. “It was a good team win. Now a few days to rest with family and regroup and recharge.”
Rookie Nick Lodolo (2-3) took a roughly two-inning outing, scoring five runs. He gave five hits, walked three, sank two batsmen and threw a wild pitch.
“I wasn’t able to make an adjustment,” Lodolo said. “It’s something that I have to figure out. It was something I didn’t really go through. It’s weird to lose territory like this.”
Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa left the game in the eighth when he tried to catch a foul ball and slammed leg-first into the wall. He stopped walking on his own.
X-rays taken at the stadium found no fractures and are listed as day-to-day.
India scored their seventh career leadoff homer and their second innings this season.
Manager David Bell said of India, “After being injured for most of the year, they are back in the flow of the game.” “He does everything he can to help us win a game. When he does that, his results come out.”
Mikolas recovered after Homer.
“I mean, in the long run, it doesn’t matter where you give it,” Mikolas said. “A run is a run. I look at it like hey it’s a run and try and don’t miss another. It’s over and done.”
Marmol meets Cabrera
Marmol said he met lefty reliever Genesis Cabrera before Saturday’s game. Cabrera tosses the ball when he was about to turn on the mound in Friday’s game. Marmol said that there is no dispute between them. Cabrera, 25, has 2.60 ERA in 34 2/3 innings.
Day Off and No All-Star Game Appearance
3B Nola Arenado ruled out Saturday’s game with a lower back stiffness. Arenado said he has been battling a back problem since early June. Arenado also said that he would not play in the All-Star Game and would use that time to rest his back. Rookie Brendan Donovan starts at third base.
C Andrew Nijner was called for a catcher interference in the fifth inning. It was his second call at this homestand, with the first coming on Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Saturday in the Park
The temperature at the time of the game was 99 degrees in the sun-splashed Busch Stadium. It was the last Saturday of the season for the Cardinals at home. The final 11 regular-season shifts to Saturday evenings after the All-Star break. St. Louis this season (6-2 at home) is 12-4 on Saturday. This is the Cardinals’ most successful day of the week.
two for one
St. Louis made a double play in the fifth and sixth innings. Those two double plays extended the Cardinals’ season total to 106, which leads to MLB.
The Reds selected the contract of RHP Ryan Hendrix from Triple-A Louisville. He will be playing with the Reds for the second time this season.
Reds: RHP Dauri Moretta has been placed on the injured list. Moretta, who played a relief on Friday, is at IL for the first time this season. The Reds did not disclose and spoke about their injury. … RHP Luis Cessa (at left) has played catches from 75 feet and then from 90 feet on Thursday and Friday. He is expected to return after the All-Star break.
Cardinals: CF Harrison Bader (right foot plantar fasciitis) continues to work through the rehab process and will be in St. Louis doing baseball activities during the All-Star break. He was eligible to be dropped from the injury list on 7 July. He is expected to return after the All-Star break. Badar has been out since June 27.
Reds: RHP Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.45) will make his 11th appearance and start of his career this entire season. This will be his second debut against the Cardinals.
Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz (Shoulder) is set to return as a St. Louis starter. He threw 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Memphis Tuesday night in his third rehab appearance.
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