The St. Louis Cardinal offense came out swinging against starting pitcher J. Jerrjens who was roughed up for seven earned runs in three and two-thirds innings of work.
In the 2nd inning, Skip Schumaker hit a 2-run homer to give the Cards a 5-3 lead. Pujols 37th HR was a solo shot to left-center field which knocked Jerrjens out of the contest in the fourth.
Matt Holliday followed Pujols, thinking he had himself a two-out walk after curve ball low and outside. Home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro thought otherwise ringing up Holliday as he headed to first. Holliday clearly showed his disagreement with the call and said a few big-league words to DiMuro, tossed his helmet, and was walking away as DiMuro tossed him.
This could have been huge at the time for St. Louis with their second best bat now out of the line-up heading in to the fifth. It didn’t take long for the offense to score again, however. Colby Rasmus added another run to lead off the fifth.
Heading in to the top of the 6th, St. Louis leads Atlanta 8-3 behind Adam Wainwright.