Los Angeles (19-12) at St. Louis (20-11)

Fair Currently: St. Louis, MO
Temp: 87° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue May 10, 2005
  • TV: FSN2, FSMW
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to do a better job of slowing down Albert Pujols when they continues their four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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.

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