Cardinals beat Twins

ST. LOUIS, Mo (AP) - Albert Pujols hit a pair of two-run homers, helping the St. Louis Cardinals pound 10-game winner Kevin Slowey in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Pujols leads the majors with 28 homers and 74 RBIs after his 29th career multihomer game, sixth this season and second in six days. Both homers came off Slowey (10-3), whose bid to take the major league lead in victories was a bust, and Pujols' second long ball put the Cardinals ahead 5-3 in the third.

Josh Kinney (1-0) allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief for his first career victory and struck out feebly in his first career at-bat after manager Tony La Russa elected not to use an early pinch hitter with two outs, the bases loaded and Slowey on the ropes in the third.