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Pujols recorded his 181st assist of the season in the fourth, setting a National League record for first basemen. He surpassed the mark held by Mark Grace, who had 180 assists with the Chicago Cubs in 1990.
Bill Buckner holds the major league record with 184 assists in 1985 for the Boston Red Sox.
The Rockies pushed across two runs with two outs in the opening inning as Troy Tulowitzki laced an RBI triple to left-center and Brad Hawpe brought him home with a single up the middle.
NOTES: Molina is still hobbled after being struck on the left knee by a foul ball Saturday. He will be re-evaluated in Cincinnati. ... A young fan was taken to a first-aid station at Coors Field after Pujols' bat sailed into the stands on a swinging strike in the fourth. Rockies club officials declined to release any information, citing federal privacy laws. The team wouldn't say if the bat struck the young fan. ... Cardinals INF Brendan Ryan left the game in the sixth with a bruised right index finger after he was struck on the hand while bunting.
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