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This Date in Cardinals History: Aug. 3

On this date in 2004, Albert Pujols became the first major league player to hit 30 homers in each of his first four seasons in the big leagues.

The historic blast came in the first inning against Montreal's Sun-Woo Kim and helped the Cardinals get out front with an early 5-1 lead. But they couldn't hold onto it. The Expos won the game in extra innings when they scored a four spot in the 12th inning off of 23-year-old St. Louis pitcher Dan Haren.

The leadoff man managed to get on base with a walk. Haren then got to outs before walking another batter and then intentionally loading the bases. Tony Batista then hit a grand slam to put Montreal ahead with an exclamation point.

It was Batista's second homer of the game and he had 6 RBIs in the contest. The first longball came in the ninth off of Jason Isringhausen, who blew a two-run lead to allow the game to go into extra frames.

Although it was a frustrating game, the Cardinals were 67-38 and handily in first place at the time. They, of course, went on to win the National League pennant before losing to a red hot Red Sox club in the World Series.