Monday, March 27

Albert Pujols feels the love from Arizona baseball fans as Cardinals win

If Albert Pujols doesn’t play Sunday in the Diamondbacks’ series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals, he’s almost certainly hit his last home run at Chase Field. The Cardinals won’t be returning to Phoenix this regular season.

Make that home runs. The veteran slugger wowed a big crowd that filled the lower deck at the ball park with two rockets over the wall in left center field for solo shots, then came up just short of a third home run and stunned the crowd by trying to steal second base .

He was thrown out, to the dismay of many.

“It’s part of the game, a good night, trying to help the team win,” Pujols said in Spanish. “That’s all the hard work that I put in day in and day out, so that’s nothing surprising.”

Former Cardinal Carson Kelly drove in three runs with a pair of run-scoring singles, but the Diamondbacks couldn’t hold two two-run leads Saturday night and fell 16-7 to the National League Central-leading Cardinals.

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