Cincinnati Reds defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2

Albert Pujols stepped into the box with two out in the seventh inning of Saturday's game at Cincinnati.

The Cardinals, who had played poorly all afternoon, were down by three runs. But hope finally appeared, wearing No. 5. Pujols had two runners on. He raised his bat, cocked and loaded.

Anyone watching the drama had to be thinking along the same wavelength: Pujols will swat a home run, and the game will be tied, and the Cardinals will come alive after receiving a potent...

CINCINNATI - In Brad Thompson's last three starts, the Cardinals have been outscored 26-2, although Thompson has given up only about half those runs. But, in any event, it isn't good for Thompson, who has three straight losses, or for the Cardinals.

On Saturday here, Thompson gave up five runs (four earned) over five innings in a 5-2 setback to Cincinnati that knocked the Cardinals out of first place again in the National League Central Division after a one-day stand.