Albert Pujols is greeted by Tony La Russa after homering. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
By Lisa Winston / MLB.com
Albert Pujols continued his torrid start to the 2009 campaign with a two-run homer in the first inning, but it was Rick Ankiel who was the late hero for the Cardinals, snapping a ninth-inning tie with an RBI double to deliver St. Louis a victory in the first of a four-game set in Washington, D.C.
a-Grounded out for Cabrera, D in the 6th. b-Popped out for Hanrahan in the 9th.
BATTING 2B: Hernandez, A (5, Boggs). 3B: Flores, Je (1, Boggs). HR: Zimmerman (5, 1st inning off Boggs, 1 on, 1 out). TB: Flores, Je 4; Zimmerman 4; Hernandez, A 2; Johnson, N 2. RBI: Zimmerman 2 (16), Flores, Je (11), Hernandez, A (5). 2-out RBI: Flores, Je; Hernandez, A. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zimmerman; Harris; Flores, Je. Team RISP: 1-for-4. Team
BASERUNNING CS: Dukes (4, 2nd base by Boggs/LaRue). PO: Dukes (1st base by Boggs).
FIELDING E: Flores, Je (1, missed catch). PB: Flores, Je (2).