CINCINNATI (AP) – Cardinals slugger St. Louis Albert Pujols hit his 450th major league home run record by a different pitcher, connecting with Cincinnati lefty Ross Detwiler on Monday night in a 13-4 loss to the Reds.
Pujols hit his 694th home run overall. He had been tied with Barry Bonds for most long ball victims by a pitcher at 449.
Bonds leads the all-time home run list with 762, followed by Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
Pujols, 42, lined a two-run, opposite-field ball to right field off Detwiler in the third inning at Great American Ball Park. Pujols’ 15th homer gave the NL Central-leading Cardinals an 8-0 lead.
This was Pujols’ 134th home run in August, his most prolific month. He broke a tie with Alex Rodriguez for second behind Bonds’ 148.
Tyler O’Neill hit two home runs on a rainy night as the Cardinals moved a season-high 21 games over .500. He has homered in three of his last four games, including a three-run homer in Sunday night’s 6-3 win against Atlanta.
O’Neill homered in a six-run second and again in a four-run sixth.
Miles Mikolas faced a batter over the minimum through four innings before allowing solo homers to TJ Friedl and Stuart Fairchild and a two-run drive by Chuckie Robinson while getting just one out in the fifth.
Mikolas allowed six hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings. He is winless in six Cincinnati starts since April 14, 2018.
Chris Stratton (7-4) pitched in relief and earned the win.
The Cardinals did most of their damage against Chase Anderson, a right-hander promoted from Triple-A Louisville after signing a minor league contract with the Reds. Anderson (0-1) lasted 1 1/3 innings in his first major league appearance since Aug. 4, 2021. He gave up four hits and five runs with one walk and two strikeouts.
Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (right shoulder strain) is scheduled to make his first rehab appearance Thursday with Triple-A Louisville at Indianapolis. Greene went on the disabled list on August 5.
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Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (7-6, 4.23) didn’t allow a hit after the third inning and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced in seven innings Thursday in an 8-5 win over the Cubs in Chicago.
Reds: RHP Justin Dunn (1-2, 5.12) pitched a game-high six innings in his last outing, a 4-1 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday.
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