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.
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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.