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Carpenter has allowed nine homers in 10 starts, two more than he gave up all last year while winning the NL ERA title. He allowed five runs, four earned, in six innings after working eight the previous two starts. The first swing and miss by an Angels hitter came when Howie Kendrick struck out to end the third.
Errors by Pujols on consecutive at-bats in the fifth handed the Angels a run for a 5-3 lead. Pujols couldn't handle Erick Aybar's grounder to his left, then hit Aybar in the back trying to catch the lead runner on Kendrick's grounder.
Yadier Molina had totaled two RBIs in his previous 11 games before hitting a two-run single in the fourth. The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out with two singles and a walk and Molina beat Weaver on a full count to cap an eight-pitch at-bat, and a third run scored when Brendan Ryan's grounder rolled between Aybar's legs at short.
NOTES: The last time the Angels homered in 10 straight games was Sept. 12-25, 2008. ... Pujols drew his 839th walk in the eighth, tying him with Enos Slaughter for third on the franchise list. ... Carpenter is 4-2 against the Angels, but hadn't faced them since 2000 and hasn't beaten them since 1999. ... Stadium personnel retrieved a cell phone from a gutter in the upper deck in the bottom of the eighth, using a ladder placed outside the press box. ... All three games of the weekend series were sold out, with paid attendance of 42,417 giving the Cardinals six sellouts on the season.
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