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Pujols grand slam lifts Cards over Mets, 5-4

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols hit a grand slam in the first inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Saturday for their second win in 10 games.

After the Mets came back to tie it, the NL Central leaders scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Jim Edmonds.

Eli Marrero led off with a double against Steve Reed (2-5), moved to third on Edgar Renteria's sacrifice bunt and scored on Edmonds' fly.

Mets starter Shawn Estes walked the bases loaded with nobody out in the first, and Pujols followed with his second grand slam of the season.

The Mets scored four runs in the fifth off starter Luther Hackman and reliever Mike Matthews. The Associated Press