Albert Pujols hits 698th homer, helps Cards beat Reds 6-5

Albert Pujols hit his 698th residence run, a tying two-run drive within the sixth inning that sparked the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Friday evening.

Pujols hit a first-pitch slider from Raynel Espinal 427 ft into the left-field stands for his nineteenth residence run this season, tying the rating 4-4. Pujols trails solely Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) on the profession record.

With 2,203 RBIs, the 42-year-old Pujols moved inside 11 of Ruth for second, behind Aaron’s 2,297.

Ryan Helsley struck out Kyle Farmer, Jake Fraley and Donovan Solano on 9 pitches for his 18th save in 22 possibilities, the third immaculate inning in Cardinals historical past after Bob Gibson in 1969 and Jason Isringhausen in 2002.

Pujols is hitting .324 (45 for 139) with 15 homers and 35 RBIs in 47 video games since July 10. 5 of his final six residence runs have come within the sixth inning or later, and his final 5 homers have tied the sport or put St. Louis forward.

Pujols hit a drive to T.J. Friedl on the left-field wall within the seventh. He’s in his twenty second main league season and intends to retire on the finish of the season.

St. Louis (85-60), which started the evening with a 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Milwaukee within the NL Central, has 17 video games remaining.

Reporting by The Related Press.

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