Right-hander Mitchell Boggs worked five innings of two-run ball and gained his first major league victory in his first major league start. Right fielder Ryan Ludwick homered and had two doubles among his four hits and drove in four runs, giving him 50 RBIs for the season. But first baseman Albert Pujols, a few innings after socking his 16th homer, had to be carried off the field after aggravating a left calf injury he had initially had hurt just more than a week ago.
Pujols will return to St. Louis Wednesday to be evaluated by the Cardinals' medical staff, but manager Tony La Russa said, "I don't see that there's any way he's not going to go on the disabled list."
General manager John Mozeliak said that if that is the case, the likely move would be to recall Chris Duncan from Class AAA Memphis, where he had been sent about 10 days ago. Duncan, who had been playing left field for the Cardinals but also can play first base, is hitting just .160 at Memphis.
After the Cardinals had moved to 12 games over .500 for the first time this season, La Russa said, "Normally, you try to enjoy the moment. But it's pretty tough. Baseball's not fair at times."
The Cardinals officially will place ace right-hander Adam Wainwright (sprained middle finger, pitching hand) on the disabled list by Thursday. Ludwick said, "Whether it's (Pujols) or Wainwright, it's a sinking feeling in your stomach."
CARDINALS 7, REDS 2: 1B Albert Pujols and CF Rick Ankiel hit back-to-back homers to cap a four-run third inning as the Cardinals clinched a winning trip with their fifth win in seven games on a nine-game swing. Four relievers worked four innings of one-hit ball after rookie RHP Mitchell Boggs pitched five effective innings in his first big-league start. But the good feelings were ruined when Pujols aggravated his left calf injury and had to be carried off the field.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--RHPs Todd Wellemeyer and Joel Pineiro both passed throwing tests before the game. Wellemeyer, who has had an inflamed right elbow, will return to the rotation on Saturday against Philadelphia after missing one start. Pineiro, who has had a strained groin, will come off the 15-day disabled list to start at Cincinnati on Thursday.
--CF Rick Ankiel, who had missed the Houston series and most of the Washington series because of an infected right knee, ended a homerless streak of 11 games and 33 at-bats with a third-inning home run.
--RHP Jason Isringhausen, on the disabled list, officially because of a lacerated right hand but also trying to recover from a string of poor performances, worked two scoreless innings of one-hit ball as a starter on Monday night for Class A Palm Beach in his first rehab assignment.
--INF Brendan Ryan started at second base against Cincinnati RHP Homer Bailey instead of left-handed-hitting Adam Kennedy Tuesday and was a force. Ryan had two hits, two stolen bases and scored three runs.
--RHP Russ Springer's 15th consecutive scoreless outing was a dandy. He fanned the side in the ninth to end the game.
BY THE NUMBERS: 15 -- Consecutive scoreless outings by Russ Springer through June 10.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "His spot on the club is waiting for him. When he's ready, he gets it." -- Manager Tony La Russa, on rehabbing closer Jason Isringhausen.