ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 19: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals follows through on a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium on June 19, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

Reds Vs. Cardinals: St. Louis Rolls As Albert Pujols Rests, 8-1

Albert Pujols was available to pinch-hit, but never saw game action on Tuesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals rolled to an 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

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Reds Vs. Cardinals Final Score: Albert Pujols Doesn't Play, But Matt Holliday Hits Two Homers In 8-1 Rout

Albert Pujols was activated from the disabled list in time for the St. Louis Cardinals' game Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds, but it ended up being an 8-1 blowout, and Pujols went unused.

Jaime Garcia pitched six strong innings in the win, allowing only an RBI groundout by Scott Rolen, along with two hits and three walks.

Edinson Volquez, meanwhile, was touched up for seven runs in 5.1 innings. Volquez allowed three home runs - back-to-back solo shots by Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman in the first inning, and a three-run bomb by Holliday in the fifth, which gave Holliday his first multi-homer game of the season.

The Cardinals added three runs in the sixth on Mark Hamilton's run-scoring single and a two-run double by Ryan Theriot.

With the Cardinals' win and the Reds' loss, St. Louis holds a 1.5-game lead on the N.L. Central. The Pittsburgh Pirates, who defeated the Houston Astros Tuesday, are now in second place, followed by the Milwaukee Brewers and the Reds.


Reds Vs. Cardinals Score: Cardinals Ahead 8-1, No Appearance From Pujols

Following the bottom of the 6th inning, the St. Louis Cardinals lead the Cincinnati Reds, 8-1, in the second showing of their three-game set. Earlier in the day it was announced that Albert Pujols would be made available for the NL Central showdown. However, as the Cardinal advantage continues to stretch higher, it becomes less and less likely that the superstar will be seen from.

Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday can take the credit for that development. Facing rumblings of Pujols' return, St. Louis' other two stars started things off quickly, blasting successive two-out solo homeruns off Edison Volquez in the bottom of the first inning.

Volquez would last four more innings before being chased off following a three-run sixth that pushed the score to 8-1. The righthander left the game with an unremarkable line of five-and-a-third innings pitched, with six earned runs off seven hits.

St. Louis' Jamie Garcia looks to be in line to pick up the win. The lefty pitched a superb six innings, giving up just one run off two hits while striking out four.  


Reds vs. Cardinals: Pujols Not Starting But Available For St. Louis Tonight

St. Louis Cardinals slugger and three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols is eyeing a possible return to the lineup as early as tonight in the second portion of a three-game series versus the NL Central-rival Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. On the disabled list since June 20 due to a fractured left wrist suffered in a collision at first base the day before against Kansas City, Pujols was originally scheduled to miss at least four weeks.

Pujols appears ready to go Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list, and has been taking ground balls and swinging a bat at full strength. Pujols said there is no pain in the wrist and has full range of motion doing what he does best. He is expected to meet with Cardinals physician Dr. George Paletta Tuesday morning.

"Whenever he gives the OK, I'll be on the field playing," Pujols said. "Hopefully, the test and everything goes well. Whatever the doctors say, and the trainer, then I'll follow that. I feel right where I want to be right now. I'm pretty excited. I can't wait to be back on the field, whatever the time is."

The Cardinals didn't need the nine-time All-Star, who was hitting .279 with 17 homers and 45 RBI in 73 games at the time of his injury, during Monday's 1-0 win behind eight shutout innings from fellow veteran Chris Carpenter. The right-hander allowed six hits to improve to 4-7 on the season. Fernando Salas struck out two in the ninth for his 15th save for St. Louis, which is 6-7 without Pujols and leads the NL Central by one game over Milwaukee and 1 1/2 games in front of Pittsburgh. The Reds are three games off the pace.

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