Pujols DHs, drives in run

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Albert Pujols was back in the starting
lineup, and John Mabry made sure the St. Louis slugger didn't
overwork himself.

Pujols returned from a hamstring injury and drove in a run, and
Mabry homered and had five RBI in the St. Louis Cardinals' 12-7
victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Pujols, the designated hitter and regular first baseman, had
been out of the lineup after straining his left hamstring running
the bases Sunday. He finished 1-for-5, including an RBI single in
the third.

But Mabry, who replaced Pujols in the field Friday, paced St.
Louis' potent attack. And he was more than willing to talk about
Pujols' impact.

"It goes without saying that Albert is a big part of our
lineup," said Mabry, who also homered Thursday. "He's the kind of
player who take over a game.'

Pujols, who left without speaking to reporters, said before the
game he wasn't going to put too much strain on his injured leg.

In his first at-bat in the first, Pujols grounded out to second
and did not appear to exert himself too much running to first base.

"I'm not 100 percent, but I can go out there and play under
control," Pujols said before the game.

With the victory, St. Louis moved into first place in the NL
Central by a half-game over the Cincinnati Reds.

Reggie Sanders homered and had three hits for the Cardinals, who
have a major league-best 22-11 record on the road.

Jeff Suppan (6-5) gave up four runs -- two earned -- in six
innings to improve to 5-0 lifetime against Texas. It was the fifth
straight time he's pitched six innings or more.

Brad Fullmer and Laynce Nix hit solo homers off Suppan. Alfonso
Soriano added another solo shot off Steve Kline in the eighth for
Texas, whose three-game winning streak ended.

But St. Louis, who is tied for the NL lead in runs scored, was
able to overcome Texas' long balls with 15 hits. The Cardinals have
scored 10 or more for the third time in seven games.

"What are you going to do?" Texas shortstop Michael Young
said. "They came out swinging from the get-go and they've got a
great lineup."

Texas starter Juan Dominguez (1-2) struggled in his first outing
since picking up his first win in the majors last Saturday. He gave
up five runs -- four earned -- in 3 1-3 innings.

"I went out there and tried to throw 100 percent," Dominguez,
a native of the Dominican Republic, said through an interpreter.
"It just didn't work out."

Scott Rolen drove in his major league-leading 64th run in the
first with a single that scored Tony Womack. Pujols' RBI single in
the third made it 2-0.

The Cardinals broke it open with three runs in the fourth on
run-scoring hits by Edgar Renteria, Sanders and Mabry.

Mabry is hitting. 353 since being called up from Triple-A
Memphis on May 25.

"It's a great feeling," Mabry said. "It's nice to see some of
things I've been working on come to fruition."

After Fullmer's homer brought Texas within 5-1 in the fourth,
the Cardinals scored three unearned runs in the fifth thanks to
Soriano's error on Pujols' grounder.

The former Yankees second baseman also had an error in the

Mabry capped the inning with a two-run single that gave St.
Louis an 8-1 lead.

Nix's homer brought Texas within 8-2 in the fifth.

The Rangers scored two unearned runs off an error by Mabry to
bring Texas within 8-4.

Sanders hit a one-out solo shot to give St. Louis a 9-4 lead in
the seventh. Womack added an RBI single.

Mabry got his third hit of the game in the ninth, a two-run
homer to make it 12-5.

St. Louis outfielder Roger Cedeno was suspended four games
Friday for a confrontation Wednesday night with umpire Rick Reed.
Reed said Cedeno spit on him.

Cedeno appealed, meaning his penalty won't take effect until
hearings are held. He didn't play Friday.

St. Louis' Ray Lankford, who struck out four times, was ejected
by plate umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes in the

Game notes
This is St. Louis' first interleague game of the season,
and its first with Texas. ... Young had two hits for his 28th
multihit game of the season.