Pujols' slam, RBIs push Cardinals past Montreal

Friday, March 7, 2003

JUPITER, Fla. -- Albert Pujols hit a grand slam and drove in five runs Thursday, leading the Cardinals over a Montreal Expos' split squad 6-3.

Pujols connected against Javier Vazquez for his second homer this spring and added an RBI groundout.

"This is the third spring I have been here and I still have trouble seeing the ball in this park," Pujols said of Roger Dean Stadium. "I don't know what kind of a pitch it was."

Pujols has hit in all seven games he has played this spring, batting .318 (7-for-22) with three doubles and two homers.

Attendance of 4,052 was the smallest crowd to see the Cardinals play this spring, home or away.

Vazquez gave up five runs and six hits in four innings, striking out five.

Matt Morris allowed two runs and six hits in four innings. Vazquez singled in a run in the third, and Morris gave up doubles by Wil Cordero and Matt Cepicky in the fourth.

"Maybe it was good that I got in some trouble and could work out of the stretch," Morris said. "I was just trying to get strikes and work on the count. I just got behind on a few batters."

Morris is the scheduled opening day starter March 31 at St. Louis against Milwaukee. He won 17 games last season and is 39-17 over the last two years after returning from elbow surgery in 1999.

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