Pujols hits 3-run HR, Cards overcome absences, beats Jays 6-1

TORONTO — Albert Pujols homered for three runs to end with three hits, passing Rogers Hornsby on the St. Louis career list, and the Cardinals ended Toronto’s seven-game win streak with a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Adam Wainwright threw seven sparkling innings to help St. Louis earn their share of the two-game set while playing without unvaccinated sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. Nolan Gorman homered and Dylan Carlson and Lars Noobaar each hit an RBI double.

Foreigners who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter Canada, except for limited exceptions requiring a 14-day quarantine. Unvaccinated baseball players are placed on the restricted list, where they are not paid and do not accrue Major League service time.

Goldschmidt, Arenado and catcher Austin Romine, who were all on the restricted list on Tuesday, are eligible to return when the Cardinals begin a three-game run in Washington on Friday.

Facing Blue Jays righthander Kevin Gausman, Pujols singled in the second and double in the fourth. The hits were his 2,110th and 2,111th with the Cardinals, taking him past Hornsby for fourth in franchise history.

Gausman took off when Tyler O’Neill walked in the fifth and Pujols greeted Trevor Richards with his seventh homer of the season and career number 686. Pujols is fifth on the baseball list, 10 behind Alex Rodriguez.


Pujols, an 11-time All-Star and three-time NL MVP, flied out to the middle in his last at bat in the seventh.

Wainwright (7-8) pitched for the first time since June 24, 2010 in Toronto and gave up one run and five hits for his first win since June 27 against Miami.

Bo Bichette’s two-out RBI single in the fourth scored Toronto’s lone run.

Gausman (7-8) gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He has only won once in the last four games.

Gorman hit a homer into the opposite field off Gausman to start the fifth, his 10th.


Cardinals: C Yadier Molina (right knee) will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis on Thursday and could be activated next week, manager Oliver Marmol said. OR Harrison Bader will be shut down for several weeks due to plantar fasciitis in his right heel, Marmol said.


Toronto is 11-11 in July. The Blue Jays lost nine of their first 11 games this month.


Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. swept second in the fourth for his first stolen base of the season.


Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (7-8, 2.87 ERA) opens in Washington on Friday. RHP Aníbal Sánchez (0-2, 6.30 ERA) goes for the Nationals.

Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (3-5, 5.12 ERA) is expected to be activated from the injured list to start Thursday against Detroit. Kikuchi has been out since July 6 due to a strained neck. LHP Tyler Alexander (2-3, 4.05 ERA) starts for the Tigers.


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