Albert Pujols hits homer No. 400, Cardinal lose in 13 innings.

By Aaron Kirn

St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols led off the fourth inning in Thursday night’s contest vs. the Nationals with a homer to right-center field on an 0-1 fastball from Jordan Zimmerman, becoming the third youngest player to reach 400 HRs.

July 13, 2010 - Anaheim, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - epa02247623 St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols during batting practice before the start of Major League Baseball's All-Star game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA, 13 July 2010.

The only two to do it faster than Pujols (30 years, 222 days), were Alex Rodriguez (29 years, 316 days) and Ken Griffey Jr. (30 years, 141 days).

Albert Pujols is only the 47th player in MLB history to reach the milestone. Now with 1,200-plus RBIs and a career batting average of .332, Albert Pujols is one of five players in MLB history to have 400 homers, 1,200 RBIs and a .330 average.

Pujols is concerned with bigger issues than numbers, winning ball games.

The Cardinals failed to hang on to a two-run lead in the ninth, after coming back and scoring four in the top half.

After several missed opportunities to score in extras, St. Louis lost 11-10 on Ian Desmond’s walk-off single in the 13th.


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