The Twins lost a close game at Busch Stadium to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon due to Pujols’ power surge against Kevin Slowey in the first and third inning. Kevin Slowey took the loss. Slowey is now 10-3 on the season.
Minnesota got on the board in the top of the 2nd inning when Brendan Harris singled to left, and brought in Mike Redmond, Matt Tolbert, and Denard Span. Michael Cuddyer accounted for the only Twins extra base hit for a double in the game.
Slowey pitched three innings while giving up five runs on six hits. He struck out four in the game. BobbyKeppel came in relief of Slowey and pitched very well. He struck out three while walking three. He gave up two hits. Keppel pitched four innings of no-hit ball. Sean Henn, and R.A. Dickey also came in relief of Slowey in the game.
For St. Louis, Todd Wellemeyer started for the Cardinals, but only pitched t wo and a third of an inning. He gave up all three runs on four hits. He also walked four, and struck out two. Josh Kinney got the win, while pitching one and a third of an inning. Ryan Franklin picked up his 18th save in the ninth to close out the game. Trevor Miller, Kyle McClellen, Dennys Reyes, and Jason Motte also came in relief of Wellemeyer.
Offensively, Albert Pujols provided the spark plug. Pujols hit two, two run homers, and collected 4 RBIs. Tyler Greene got an RBI in the third after he got plunked by Kevin Slowey. Chris Duncan scored on the play.The Twins face the Cardinals at Busch Stadium again on Sunday at 1:15 Central Time for a rubber match. Fransisco Liriano(3-8, 5.88 ERA) takes the mound against Joel Pineiro(6-8,.