ST. LOUIS – While the first two games of Albert Pujols & # 39; return to Busch Stadium were special to Cardinal's fans and Pujols, they resulted in two losses for the angels. So it was a little more rewarding in the series finale when the angels could get away with
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The weekend was about Pujols when he made his return to St. Louis as a visitor plays for the first time in his career and received standing ovations before each of his 12 record appearances. He went 4-to-11 with a tour of the series, including a memorable homer in Saturday's 4-2 loss. In his last bat-Sunday he came up with the bases and no one out and popped first. But when he retired to the Dugout, he was greeted with another standing ovation and came out on a curtain call after what is likely to be his last ever in the bat in St. Louis.
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The crime did not do much in the first two games and scored three combined rounds, but was much better in the final with 15 hits. David Fletcher followed Pujols' infield popup with a two-run single to the left to give the angels some breath in the ninth. Dustin Garneau added an RBI single and Wilfredo Tovar released a base-based tour to make it a six-round game.
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La Stella, named an All Star finalist on second base Friday, was responsible for the other two runs. He beat an RBI single off Miles Mikolas in the second, after Skaggs pulled a two-out time and a base-loaded RBI single in the sixth off lefty Tyler Webb after Shohei Ohtani designated as a knife hit. Luis Rengifo, however, stepped as they went home and was easily thrown onto the plate and put a hole in their rally.
It helped back Skaggs, who came out of his best start to the season and kept it rolling with five scoreless frames. Skaggs, who was allowed to run over 7 1/3 innings against Blue Jays on Tuesday, spread four hits and knocked out three.
Skaggs was in 70 places through five innings, but Angel's manager Brad Ausmus chose to have Ohtani pinch hit him with two runners in the sixth. Ohtani came through with a single who set La Stella's RBI single up the middle.
Relievers Justin Anderson, Cam Bedrosian, Ty Buttrey, Jake Jewell and closer Hansel Robles combined to throw the last four innings, retain the winner despite four-run Cardinals rally off Jewell and Robles with two outs in the ninth. The angels went 6-5 on their 11-game drive through Tampa Bay, Toronto and St. Louis.
Rhett Bollinger covers the angels to MLB.com. He previously covered the twins from 2011-18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.