Pujols continued to torment Odalis Perez and the Dodgers in the series opener on Monday as the Cardinals rolled to a 4-2 win.
The slugging first baseman drove in all four runs with two homers off Perez, giving him four long balls against the left-hander in 12 at-bats.
“Some guys you probably won’t be able to get a hit, some guys you’re going to hit it well,” Pujols said. “Still, he’s a great pitcher. I think he threw a good game besides making a couple of mistakes on me.”
Pujols hit a solo homer in the first into the visitors’ bullpen beyond the left-field wall and hit a 3-2 hanging curveball from Perez for a three-run shot in the fifth, putting the Cardinals ahead 4-1. He’s 8-for-12 with 12 RBIs against Perez.
“You have to be careful with him,” Perez said. “If you try to challenge him or you try to throw off-speed, he’ll be all over that ball.”
The Dodgers, who have alternated wins and losses in their last eight games, return to Los Angeles for a nine-game homestand after their series with St. Louis.