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NL GAME OF THE DAY

Albert Pujols and Cardinals rally past Reds

Pujols' club-record fourth grand slam of the season erases a 3-0 deficit in eighth inning, and St. Louis goes on to 7-4 win.

July 04, 2009|Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Albert Pujols hit his club-record fourth grand slam of the season, and Jarrett Hoffpauir drove in the go-ahead runs in the ninth inning with his first career hit as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-4, Friday night.

Hoffpauir, in his first major league game after being recalled Wednesday from triple-A Memphis, delivered a bases-loaded single off Daniel Ray Herrera (1-4) to end a 4-4 tie.

The win gave the Cardinals sole possession of first place in the NL Central, a game ahead of Milwaukee.

Pujols gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead in the eighth with his 10th career slam, also a team record, but the Reds tied it on Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice fly.

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