Pujols homers to lead Cardinals past Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer and reached base five times to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Pujols went 2 for 3 with two walks and also reached on an error after going 3 for 4 in Monday's season-opening 6-4 loss against the Pirates.

Chris Duncan and Yadier Molina also had two-run homers for St. Louis, which pounded out 12 hits against four Pittsburgh pitchers. Joe Thurston and Khalil Greene each had two RBIs. Colby Rasmus went 2 for 4 and scored twice in his major league debut.

Kyle Lohse moved to 4-0 in six career starts against Pittsburgh. He allowed three runs, two earned and five hits in seven innings.

The Cardinals try to get the lead in the series tonight with first pitch at Busch Stadium set for 7:15 p.m. Todd Wellemeyer will take the mound for the Cardinals, Zach Duke for the Pirates.

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