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Save goes to Pujols
Chance at win slips away
Moments after jumping ahead by a run in the top of the eighth on a Tyler Johnson wild pitch, the Padres were a mere four outs away from securing a seven-game win streak, but reliever Cla Meredith surrendered a costly, lead-changing home run to superstar Albert Pujols with two runners on.
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Cardinals 4, Padres 2
Albert Pujols is greeted by teammates in the dugout after his three-run homer in the eighth. (Tom Gannam/AP)
Series at a glance:
Cardinals rescued by homer
Down one with two outs in the eighth, the Cards received an immeasurable boost from Albert Pujols' three-run homer, which helped end the club's seven-game skid and provide a bit of breathing room in the NL Central. Anthony Reyes rebounded after a difficult first inning, working six-plus.
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 Pujols' 47th homer
TODAY'S WRAPS: September 27, 2006
San Diego (85-73)
Lost 1
St. Louis 4, San Diego 2   STL
St. Louis (81-76)
Won 1
September 27, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
San Diego
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   2 7 1
St. Louis
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 X   4 4 2
Standings thru 9/27/06  |  Gameday  |  Padres Stats  |  Cardinals Stats
Roberts, LF4110103.293
Sledge, RF4000033.234
Walker, 2B4010002.280
Piazza, C3021101.281
  1-Greene, PR0100000.247
  Alexander, 3B0000000.176
Gonzalez, 1B3010102.301
Cameron, CF4000024.268
Branyan, 3B2010110.227
  a-Bellhorn, PH0000000.190
  Bowen, C1000010.231
Blum, SS3000112.252
Young, P2000002.130
  Linebrink, P00000001.000
  Meredith, P0000000.000
  Embree, P0000000.000
  b-Bard, PH1010000.332

a-Batted for Branyan in the 8th. b-Doubled for Embree in the 9th.
1-Ran for Piazza in the 8th.

2B: Bard (19, Wainwright).
TB: Roberts; Walker; Piazza 2; Gonzalez; Branyan; Bard 2.
RBI: Piazza (67).
2-out RBI: Piazza.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cameron; Piazza; Sledge; Roberts.
S: Young.
GIDP: Gonzalez.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Roberts (47, 2nd base off Reyes/Molina).

E: Piazza (8, throw).
DP: (Blum-Gonzalez).

Miles, SS3100100.266
Duncan, RF4000022.295
  Bennett, C0000000.226
Pujols, 1B4223010.331
Spiezio, LF2000210.267
  Wainwright, P0000000.500
Rolen, 3B3011001.294
Edmonds, CF3000013.262
Belliard, 2B3010011.275
Molina, C2000001.216
  a-Taguchi, PH-LF0000100.269
Reyes, P2000010.120
  Flores, P0000000.000
  Looper, P0000000.500
  Johnson, P0000000.000
  b-Eckstein, PH1000001.293
  1-Nelson, PR0100000.000
  Encarnacion, RF0000000.276

a-Walked for Molina in the 8th. b-Grounded into a forceout for Johnson in the 8th.
1-Ran for Eckstein in the 8th.

HR: Pujols (47, 8th inning off Meredith, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Pujols 5; Rolen; Belliard.
RBI: Rolen (93), Pujols 3 (133).
2-out RBI: Rolen; Pujols 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Edmonds; Belliard.
GIDP: Molina.
Team LOB: 3.

SB: Pujols (7, 2nd base off Young/Piazza), Spiezio (1, 2nd base off Young/Piazza).

E: Spiezio (5, fielding), Rolen (15, throw).
DP: (Miles-Belliard-Pujols).

Young 7.03112603.46
Linebrink (H, 34)(L, 7-4)0.20222103.67
Meredith (BS, 2)0.01110010.91
Embree 0.10000003.33
Reyes 6.05114604.68
Flores 1.10000005.23
Looper 0.11101003.64
Johnson (W, 1-4)0.10000005.09
Wainwright (S, 2)1.01000203.16

Meredith pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Reyes pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Reyes, Johnson.
Pitches-strikes: Young 92-62, Linebrink 16-5, Meredith 2-1, Embree 1-1, Reyes 108-63, Flores 14-8, Looper 13-7, Johnson 6-3, Wainwright 14-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Young 6-9, Linebrink 1-0, Meredith 0-0, Embree 1-0, Reyes 5-7, Flores 3-1, Looper 0-1, Johnson 0-0, Wainwright 1-0.
Batters faced: Young 25, Linebrink 4, Meredith 1, Embree 1, Reyes 26, Flores 4, Looper 3, Johnson 0, Wainwright 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Meredith 2-2, Flores 1-0, Johnson 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Brian Gorman. 3B: Bill Miller.
Weather: 69 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:48.
Att: 40,358.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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