As manager Tony La Russa said, "It was a bad night with a real highlight."
The Cardinals lost to the Washngton Nationals 8-3 as RHP Jason Marquis was knocked around for the second straight game. Marquis gave up seven runs in eight innings, but the Cardinals had their highlight when first baseman Albert Pujols homered in the eighth inning for his 13th homer this month.
Pujols, who drove in two runs to set a club record for RBI in April at 31, tied Arizona's Luis Gonzalez (2001) and Ken Griffey Jr., (1997) of Seattle for home runs in April.
The Cardinals had a winning streak snapped at four games. Marquis, who won his first three decisions before losing his next two, has permitted 14 runs, 11 earned, in his last 11 innings.
Marquis was wilder than usual, walking four, and generally was up in the strike zone.
The second homer came after a two-out walk to Ryan Church.
The Cardinals never really threatened, trailing 7-1 after three innings. They went on to lost to Washington 8-3 Friday.
--LHP Ricardo Rincon was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder pain
and OF John Gall, hitting .383 at Triple-A Memphis, was recalled.
--RF Skip Schumacher, starting for the first time since April 17, ended a slump at 0-for-19 with a run-scoring double in the second.
--C Yadier Molina was 0-for-4 again, dropping him to .158 for the season.
--The seven earned runs allowed by Marquis matched his career high, the last on Aug.23, 2005, in a 10-0 loss at Pittsburgh.
--SS David Eckstein extended his streak of reaching base to 10 games with a single and a hit by pitch.