Pujols hits 3-run HR, Cards overcomes absences and beats Jays 6-1

TORONTO (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and finished with three hits, passing Rogers Hornsby on St. Louis’ career roster, and the Cardinals snapped Toronto’s seven-game winning streak with a 6-1 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Adam Wainwright threw seven sparkling innings to help St. Louis win part of the two-game set while playing without unvaccinated hitters Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. Nolan Gorman homered, and Dylan Carlson and Lars Nootbaar each had an RBI double.

Foreign nationals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter Canada, except for limited exceptions which require a 14-day quarantine. Unvaccinated baseball players are placed on the shortlist, where they do not get paid and do not accrue major league service time.

Goldschmidt, Arenado and receiver Austin Romine, all of whom were on the shortlist on Tuesday, will be eligible to return when the Cardinals open a three-game series in Washington on Friday.

Facing Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman, Pujols scored a single in the second and doubled in the fourth. The hits were his 2,110th and 2,111th with the Cardinals, moving Hornsby to fourth in franchise history.

Gausman left after outing Tyler O’Neill in the fifth and Pujols welcomed Trevor Richards with his seventh homer of the season and career No. 686. Pujols ranks fifth on the baseball home run list, 10 behind Alex Rodriguez.

Eleven-time All-Star and three-time NL MVP, Pujols flew in to cross on his last at-bat in the seventh.

Pitching in Toronto for the first time since June 24, 2010, Wainwright (7-8) allowed one run and five hits for his first win since June 27 against Miami.

Bo Bichette’s two-out RBI single in the fourth scored Toronto’s only run.

Gausman (7-8) allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He has only won once in his last four outings.

Gorman homered into Gausman’s opposite field to start the fifth, his 10th.


Cardinals: C Yadier Molina (right knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Thursday and could be activated next week, manager Oliver Marmol said. … OF Harrison Bader will be out for several weeks with plantar fasciitis in his right heel, Marmol said.


Toronto is 11-11 in July. The Blue Jays have lost nine of their first 11 games this month.


Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finished second of fourth for his first stolen base of the season.


Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (7-8, 2.87 ERA) will start Friday’s game in Washington. RHP Aníbal Sánchez (0-2, 6.30 ERA) goes for Nationals.

Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (3-5, 5.12 ERA) is expected to be taken off the injured list to start Thursday against Detroit. Kikuchi has been out since July 6 with a sprained neck. LHP Tyler Alexander (2-3, 4.05 ERA) starts for the Tigers.

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