In his first appearance against the St. Louis Cardinals since he signed with the Los Angeles Angels after the 2011 season, Albert Pujols on Tuesday struck out in his first two at-bats against Lance Lynn.
Pujols' whiff led to a double play in the first, as catcher Yadier Molina threw out J.B. Shuck at second. Shuck broke on the 3-2 pitch to Pujols. His strikeout in the second came after the Angels already had plated five runs to grab a commanding lead.
The Cardinals are facing Jered Weaver without left fielder Matt Holliday in the lineup. Holliday was scratched because of an irritated nerve in his neck.
David Freese had a one-out single against Weaver, the Cardinals' first hit, in the second. But Jon Jay rapped into a 3-6-3 double play.
Los Angeles got to Lynn in the second as consecutive singles by Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick, Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo produced a 2-0 lead. One out later, Erick Aybar had an RBI single that pushed the lead to 3-0.
Shuck followed with an infield single that made it 4-0, and an error by second baseman Matt Carpenter on Mike Trout's bouncer behind the bag scored another run that made it 5-0.
Lynn struck out Pujols and Hamilton to end the uprising, during which Los Angeles sent 10 batters to the plate.
Carpenter had a two-out double against Weaver in the third, but Yadier Molina flied out.
The Cardinals got within 5-1 in the fourth.
Allen Craig singled with one out and went to third on Matt Adams' double. Freese grounded to third baseman Callaspo, who made a clean pickup and had a chance to throw out Craig at the plate. But Callaspo took the safe play and retired Freese at first as Craig scored.
Pujols' third plate appearance, in the fifth, resulted in a walk.
Freese had a two-out double in the sixth, but was stranded. Weaver struck out the side in the inning.