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Suppan tosses gem, Pujols homers in win

St. Louis Cardinals' Gary Bennett, right, avoids the tag attempt from the Colorado Rockies catcher Danny Ardoin in the fifth inning of their baseball game in St. Louis, Wednesday, May 10, 2006. Watching the action to make the safe call is homeplate umpire Jim Wolff. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)
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ST. LOUIS Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 18th homer and Jeff Suppan won his fourth straight start, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Wednesday.Juan Encarnacion also homered for the Cardinals, who took two of three from the NL West leaders and have won five of six overall.Pujols, who hit a go-ahead, three-run homer on Tuesday, followed John Rodriguezs first-inning single with a drive to left off Byung-Hyun Kim (1-1). Pujols also leads the majors with 43 RBIs and the NL with 35 runs scored, and eight of his homers have given the Cardinals the lead.Suppan (4-2) struck out seven and walked none, allowing three runs and six hits in five innings. After going 0-2 in his first three starts, he has lowered his ERA from 9.00 to 4.58.Jason Isringhausen got three straight outs for his 10th save in 12 chances.Kim gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, the shortest of his three starts this season.Matt Holliday had an RBI single and tripled for the Rockies, going 7-for-12 in the series with three homers. He is 18-for-36 against the Cardinals in his career with five homers and seven RBIs.Cory Sullivans RBI single in the third cut the Cardinals lead in half, but Pujols doubled in the bottom half and scored on Encarnacions fifth homer for a 4-1 lead.Gary Bennetts RBI double with two outs in the fifth chased Kim. Rodriguez added a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Aaron Miles had an RBI single off David Cortes in the fifth that made it 7-3.


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