The Chicago White Sox will take it, though, beating the Orioles, 6-3, to remain four back of Detroit in the AL Central, while inching closer to second place, just a game behind the Indians, as Detroit avoided the sweep in Cleveland with a 4-3 win.
Juan Pierre got the White Sox going in the first inning, leading off the game with a scratch single into shallow center, then coming around to score on a home run by Alexei Ramirez. The Sox would add two more in the inning for a quick, 4-0, lead.
After doubling and being stranded in the second, Pierre completed the scoring for the White Sox in the third inning, singling in a pair of runs with his third hit in as many innings. He stole second after that, but was again stranded as Chicago built a 6-0 lead.
The O's countered with three runs off Mark Beuhrle in the bottom of the 3rd, but that was all they'd get. Pierre finished with a 3-for-5 night at the plate, two RBI, a run and his 19th stolen base. He needs 11 more swipes to have 30 or more steals in 11 consecutive seasons. Pierre stole 68 bases last year.
|Pujols: 28 HR|
In danger of being swept by the Brewers and falling six games behind Milwaukee in the Central division, Albert Pujols got his best lick in early of Brewers' starter Yovani Gallardo, socking his 28th home run of the season in the first inning, a solo shot that tied him for the HR lead in the National League with teammate Lance Berkman.
Pujols singled home a run in the 5th and later scored, putting the Cardinals ahead for good in their 5-2 win over the first place Brewers. Going 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, Pujols was all business, helping the Cards cut Milwaukee's lead to four games in the division race.
Chris Carpenter gave up two runs in the 1st, but scattered 10 hits over eight innings to even his record at 8-8.