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Pujols helps Cards sweep in grand fashion

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For the first time in a while, the St. Louis Cardinals looked Thursday like a team that could win a world championship. Much of that was because of star Albert Pujols’ newly awakened bat.

The game’s most powerful slugger has yet to hit .300 this season, but in the final game of a series against the Milwaukee Brewers, he went 4-4 with a grand slam and another homer. The 3rd-inning blast was his 12th career grand slam and his third home run in less than 24 hours.

"I come out there to try to have good quality at-bats, and if it happens, great,” Pujols told the media after the game. “If it doesn't, there's nothing I can do. As long as I go out there and give my 100 percent and get myself ready for the game, that's it.”

The Cards won their third game in a row against the Brewers 8-4. Despite the sweep, the Cardinals still have a lot of work to do in a short time if they want to catch the first-place Brewers. The Cards are currently 7 ½ games behind with 25 games left.

"You hope this is how we play the last 25 games. We'll see what happens," left fielder Matt Holliday said. "You do the best you can, and if it's not good enough, it's not good enough."

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