Pujols hurt in Cardinals' 5-4 win over Royals

June 19, 2011 - 5:43 PM
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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols grabs his left wrist after being injured on a play at first base during the sixth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, June 19, 2011, in St. Louis. Pujols left the game (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols sprained his left wrist trying to make a tag at first base, but the St. Louis Cardinals recovered to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Sunday on Skip Schumaker's ninth-inning homer.

Pujols was injured in the sixth and the three-time NL MVP left the game. He will be evaluated further on Monday, an off day for St. Louis.

Wilson Betemit hit a chopper up the middle off Cardinals starter Jamie Garcia. Second baseman Pete Kozma backhanded the ball and made a jump-throw to first, pulling Pujols off the bag. As the slugger tried for a tag, Betemit ran into his glove hand and Pujols went down to the ground in pain.

Pujols, hitting .279 this year, was 3 for 3 with his 17th home run. The fifth-inning shot gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead.