ST. LOUIS (AP) - John Smoltz showed his St. Louis Cardinals debut was no fluke Friday night, striking out six and allowing a run in six innings in his first home start.
Albert Pujols' 41st homer leading off the bottom of the ninth made it a successful night for the rest of the team in a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Pujols hit a 1-1 pitch from Jason Bergmann (2-4) well over the left field wall for his eighth career walkoff homer and first since July 13, 2006. The NL Central leaders have won 16 of 20.
Khalil Greene's first career pinch-hit homer tied it at 2 in the eighth against Nationals starter John Lannan, who allowed two runs and four hits.
Jason Motte (4-4) worked around a one-out double by Elijah Dukes in the ninth.