ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals, boosted by a strong start from Adam Wainwright, beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Tuesday night.
“I was just looking for a good ball to hit,” Pujols said. “I didn’t try to do too much. Just get something up. I just tried to come through. Most of the time you’re going to make outs and other times you’ll have nights like this where you come through.”
It was his 15th overall walk-off with St. Louis but his first since rejoining the Cardinals this season.
“I just put it up in the air,” Pujols said. “I think it brings great memories from the past but at the end of day, I just want to try and help this ballclub to win. I’m excited I came through tonight.”
Tommy Edman began the 10th as the Cardinals’ automatic runner at second. After Paul Goldschmidt was intentionally walked by Taylor Rogers (0-2) and Nolan Arenado fouled out, Edman stole third.
“We had to get a good jump there and I trust (Edman) there for sure,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said.
Pujols followed with his second sacrifice fly of the game, lifting a ball to left that easily scored Edman.
Pujols has 119 sacrifice flies in his career. Eddie Murray holds the major league record with 128.
“That was such a huge play there, Tommy stealing third and Albert coming up,” Wainwright said. “I think we all wanted to see Albert walk that one off.”
Drew VerHagen (3-0), the fourth St. Louis pitcher, started the 10th and benefitted from a perfect throw from left fielder Lars Nootbaar, who had entered the game in the seventh.
Jurickson Profar singled to left with two outs and Nootbaar cut down pinch-runner Jose Azocar at home plate to end the inning.
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