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July 29: Cardinals 9, Cubs 2

If getting to see the home team deal a beating to the Cubs wasn't enough for Cardinals fans Friday night, they also got to witness history.

Albert Pujols collect his 2000th hit when he ripped a ball just inside the third base bag to knock in a run with a double in bottom of the eighth. The Cardinals first baseman received a lengthy ovation as he stood at second base and seemed a little bit choked up in the moment.

Pujols took off his batting helmet, put it back on and made the gesture of applauding back to the crowd. After the game he talked about how touched he was by the fans' actions and repeated that he hopes to play the rest of his career in St. Louis.

Edwin Jackson, making his first start for the Redbirds since he was picked up in a trade for Colby Rasmus, allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked two to improve to  7-6 on the season.

The Cardinals found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 score when Tyler Colvin drove in Marlon Byrd with a sacrifice fly in the second. But that was about all the large gaggle of oblivious Cubs fans had to cheer about.

In the fourth inning Pujols led off with his 1,999th career hit -- a double to right center. Matt Holliday singled and Pujols moved to third to bring David Freese to the plate. The Cardinals third baseman picked out a pitch he liked and cranked it into the left field bleachers to make the score 3-1.

The Birds widened their lead in the sixth inning when Matt Holliday led off with a double. Freese struck and Skip Schumaker walked to bring up Yadier Molina with one out. The Cardinals catcher singled to right and Holliday narrowly beat the thrown of Colvin to make the score 4-1 and Molina took second base on the play. With runners on second and third and one out Daniel Descalso was intentionally walked to bring the pitcher Jackson to the plate. He fouled out and the Cubs brought in a lefty, prompting St. Louis manager Tony La Russa to pinch hit one former Wee Bear for another: Ryan Theriot in the place of Corey Patterson.

Theriot hit a ball down the left field line that Cubs third sacker Aramis Ramirez dove for. It looked like the ball hit him in the chest and bounded into foul territory as Schumaker and Molina scored to make it 6-1.

In the top of the eighth the Cubs scored a run to cut the lead to four. But the Cardinals scored three times in the bottom of the frame including Pujols' 2000th hit, to add up to the final score of 9-2 and beat Chicago for the sixth time in seven games.

Chicago's only other scoring opportunity was erased when Skip Schumaker, who moved from second base to right field, cut down a runner at the plate with a perfect throw.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Pujols

Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' 2,000th hit.

Lowlight: Kyle McClellan, making his first appearance since he was returned to the bullpen, wasn't sharp. He walked the first man he faced and two hits, recording only one out before he had to be bailed out by Jason Motte.

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