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Pujols hits 703rd HR to pass Babe for 2nd in RBI; Cardinals lose Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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PITTSBURGH – Albert Pujols hit his 703rd home run on Monday night, breaking a tie with Babe Ruth for second in career RBIs, but the St. Louis Cardinals lost 3-2 to Pittsburgh as the Pirates tied four in a row in the ninth inning to go on a winning streak. .

The 42-year-old batter was hit by a right arm Mitch Keller, making two throws at the left stands and fixing a goalless draw in the sixth. It was the 35th home run of Pujol’s career at PNC Park, his best hit at any stadium attended.

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The drive gave Pujols 2,216 RBIs, ahead of Ruth on the permanent list. Hank Aaron holds the record with 2297.

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“Getting away from Babe Ruth is a big deal,” the Cardinals manager said. Oliver Marmol said. “Watching him hit a home run in that situation was fun. You feel pretty good when he swings and his home runs were very meaningful.”

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Pujols, who plans to retire after the season, hit 24 home runs this year, his highest since hitting 31 for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).

Pujols, who did not speak to reporters after the game, was undefeated in eight career games against Keller.

“This is a great time to be with him and this team,” Cardinals starting pitcher Jose Quintana said. “He continues to believe in his abilities. The most impressive thing is that he’s homers, he’s ready for the next one. He wants to continue.”

With a score of 2-all in the ninth, the Pirates loaded the bases when Ke’Bryan HayesMiguel Andujar and Rodolfo Castro made successive walks from Giovanni Gallegos (3-6).

JoJo Romero relax and go Oneil Cruz on four fields to complete the game. It was the first appearance on the plate of a rookie career.

Before the game, the Cardinals signed Gallegos to a two-year, $11 million contract through 2024.

Johan Ramirez (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

“There were a lot of signs of resilience,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of the winning draw.

The Pirates avoided a second consecutive 100-loss season – at least for now – by beating the NL champion Central Cardinals for the second day in a row.

Paul Goldschmidt sixth in St. Louis with a single before Pujols joined. Keller was pursued after giving up two more singles in an inning.

The Pirates rallied to level the score at 2. Brian Reynolds doubled home run in sixth and Jack Suwinski retired André Pallante in the eighth.

Usually a starter, the Cardinals are right-handed Miles Mykolas allowed one run in three relief innings. He followed Quintana, who had three scoreless innings.

Mykolas reached the 200 inning mark, extending his season to 202 1/3.

“It’s just a good end to the season to get there,” Mykolas said. “It’s a sign that you don’t see on a huge number of guys anymore, so it’s always nice to separate yourself from the pack.”

St. Louis has used starting teams in tandem as Marmol tries to set up its staff for postseason play. The Cardinals are holding a best-of-three wild-card series starting Friday, and Marmol has yet to decide on his rotation.

“This allows us to still run them on any game in that three-game set,” he explained before the game.

Keller allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.

THE PIRATES ARE MOVING

RHP Nick Mears was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and RHP Luis Ortiz was selected to the same club. Ortiz made his major league debut on September 13 and went 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts.

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Cardinals: 3B Nolan Arenado withdrew from the squad 15 minutes before the game due to a slight quadriceps strain. He may also be absent on Tuesday evenings as a precaution. . FROM Tyler O’Neil (left hamstring strain) has gone through a full baseball workout, but the Cardinals are still unsure if he’ll be ready to play by Friday. . RHP Jordan Hicks will either be activated from the injured list and pitch in the regular season finale on Wednesday, or throw the bullpen the same day.

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Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (8-7, 4.07 ERA) starts Tuesday night. He has allowed one unearned run in 11 innings in two games since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on September 21. RHP Jack Flaherty He is expected to showcase his post-season training in relief.

Pirates: RHP J. T. Brubaker (3-11, 4.58) will leave the injured list and start. He has been out of action since September 16 due to discomfort in his right latissimus dorsi.

ARLINGTON, TX – Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge was not a starter for the regular season finale in New York, the day after his 62nd home run, which broke the 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge hit a first-inning homer on Tuesday night in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. In total, he played in 157 games for the AL East champions.

After the first round of the playoffs, the Yankees will not open postseason play until the AL Division Series begins the following Tuesday.

Despite Judge saying he was looking forward to playing Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would talk and see what made sense.

“Short talk,” Boone said ahead of Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him a day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge could pinch, Boone replied, “I hope not.”

Judge entered the final day of the regular season hitting .311, trailing the American League batting average leader Minnesota. Luis Arraes, which was hitting .315. Judge led the other Triple Crown categories with 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boon said that “probably the only temptation” to play the umpire was that the batter should have had a chance of becoming the first AL Triple Crown winner since the Detroit tournament. Miguel Cabrera in 2012.



Source: mlb.nbcsports.com

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