Albert Pujols drove in his seventh run of the NLCS Friday night on a line drive single off Zack Greinke, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-1 lead vs. the Milwaukee Brewers and driving Greinke, who managed just two swinging strikes on 98 pitches, out of the game. Former Cardinals farmhand Chris Narveson escaped the threat soon after, retiring Lance Berkman on his first pitch, but the Cardinals responded with a scoreless inning from Lance Lynn (no relation) soon after.
Pujols is 1-3 on the night with the single and a walk. He’s hitting .500 on the series, with nine hits, four doubles, and a home run to go with those seven RBI. His career high in a postseason series is nine, when he hit .500/.563/1.000 in seven games against the Houston Astros in the 2004 NLCS. In his career he’s hitting .338/.439/.598 in 66 postseason games, with 43 RBI.
The Cardinals did the bulk of their damage in the second inning, when Yadier Molina and Jaime Garcia keyed a rally right along with some less-than-impressive defense.