ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit his 300th career homer and drove in three runs, Albert Pujols reached another milestone and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-3 on Saturday.
Goldschmidt’s two-run homer in the second inning was his 20th this season and first since June 27. More importantly, it was the 300th home run of his career. Currently, he stands at 997 RBIs as well.
“To see him hit that homer today was nice,” manager Oliver Marmol said. “He’s been unbelievable. His consistency. You can count on him every day being in the lineup. Not everybody can say that. He never wants a day off. It’s cool to be rewarded with an All-Star spot.”
As the All-Star break draws near, Goldschmidt is considered the NL MVP favorite. The 34-year old is having one of the best seasons of his career, and is a big reason the Cardinals offense has surged over the past two weeks.
Speaking of milestones, the 42-year-old Pujols scored twice. He tied Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig for 12th place all-time with 1,889 runs scored.
Lars Nootbar added a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Hunter Strickland, the seventh Cincinnati pitcher.
Miles Mikolas (7-7) gave up a home run to start the game, but then only allowed two more hits over the course of his seven-inning outing. The 33-year-old starter has permitted no more than three runs in 17 of 19 starts this season.