Gonzalez, Braves beat Cards 6-3 in 12
It was just a bonus that the drive cleared the left-field wall.
“I tried to hit a fly ball deep,” Gonzalez said. “I got it deep enough.”
“I play aggressive,” Pujols said when asked about the milestone. “Nobody can take that away from me. … I try to do everything I can to help my team.”
Gonzalez was 0 for 5 before connecting for his fifth homer since he joined Atlanta in a July trade with Toronto. He struck out with the bases loaded to end the first inning and struck out again in the seventh with two runners on base.
Gonzalez made the most of his one hit.
“He crushed that ball,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He had a few chances today and he didn’t get it done, but boy he did in that inning. He’s a great player.”
Boggs said he “didn’t back off” when facing Gonzalez but left the pitch too high.
“That was everything I had,” Boggs said.
“We’re not looking at that game,” he said. “We just have to keep playing.”
St. Louis is facing an uphill climb to return to the playoffs. The Cardinals were six games back of NL Central-leading Cincinnati and 6 1/2 back in the wild-card race before Saturday’s games.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa visited the mound but left Boggs in to face Gonzalez, who now has 22 homers on the year.
The Cardinals tied it in the eighth, taking advantage when third baseman Martin Prado(notes) bobbled Pedro Feliz’s(notes) grounder. Prado’s one-out error loaded the bases for Pujols, who drove in Brendan Ryan(notes) with a grounder off Peter Moylan(notes).
Pujols also had a tying two-run double in the sixth.
Georgia native Jake Westbrook(notes) pitched six innings for the Cardinals, yielding two runs and seven hits. The right-hander, who was acquired in a trade with Cleveland on July 31, walked five and struck out three.
Westbrook, who walked eight batters in 44 innings over his first seven starts with the Cardinals, issued consecutive walks to Derrek Lee(notes) and Nate McLouth(notes) to force in a run in the first. McLouth added a run-scoring triple in the fifth.
Westbrook lives in Danielsville, Ga., about 90 minutes from Atlanta. He pitched only two days after his wife, Heather, gave birth to a girl, Harper, in Atlanta.
Westbrook was making his second career appearance in Atlanta, following a loss with the Indians on June 19, 2004.
NOTES: La Russa said LHP Trever Miller(notes) will meet the team in St. Louis after the series. La Russa said Miller, who has soreness in his left elbow, is making progress and is expecting to play catch on Sunday. … Former Cardinals slugger Ankiel ended a streak of strikeouts in nine straight at-bats when he grounded out to end the ninth inning. … Attendance was 51,078, the season’s second-largest total at Turner Field, trailing only the opening day total of 53,081 against the Cubs.