Milwaukee’s Chris Capuano will have to find a way to pitch to St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols if he wants to keep his five-game winning streak intact when the Brewers complete a four-game series with the first-place St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
The 26-year-old Capuano has won five straight decisions over his last six starts to give him 10 wins for the first time in his career. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three career starts against St. Louis.
Pujols is 2-for-6 with one homer and three walks against Capuano in his career.
The All-Star first baseman homered for the third straight game and the fourth in six since the All-Star break in a 4-2 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday.
John Rodriguez hit his first major league homer for the Cardinals, who have won five of six games since the break. St. Louis improved to 7-2 against Milwaukee, and 31-10 against NL Central opponents.
Pujols’ two-run homer in the third inning off Ben Sheets gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. Pujols is batting .429 (15-for-35) against Milwaukee this year with five homers and 13 RBIs.
He’s also 8-for-23 since the break with eight RBIs and eight runs scored, and is batting .338 overall—third in the league—with 77 RBIs, which is second in the NL.
“I don’t care about heating up, I care about winning,” Pujols said. “It’s not about me, man, it’s about what I can do to help my team.”
J.J. Hardy homered and Rickie Weeks had two doubles for the Brewers, who fell three games below .500. Milwaukee is trying to end a streak of 12 consecutive losing seasons, which ties it with Pittsburgh for the longest such stretch in the majors.