SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -Albert Pujols homered, Todd Wellemeyer had a solid outing and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Double-A Springfield Cardinals 3-2 on Friday night.
Wellemeyer gave up six hits and struck out five in 6 1-3 innings. He threw 77 pitches. The right-hander is scheduled to start Wednesday against Colorado.
``I felt pretty good. It was a good outing overall,'' Wellemeyer said. ``The change up and slider were very good. The fastball was pretty good.''
The outing solidified Wellemeyer's hold on the No. 5 spot in the rotation and impressed manager Tony La Russa.
``It was a very solid outing. The Springfield club was taking aggressive swings and that was making Todd work hard. He needed to have a solid day of preparation,'' La Russa said.
La Russa said he was impressed when Wellemeyer worked himself out of a couple jams when he had two base runners on in third and fourth innings.
``He threw the right pitches,'' La Russa said.
Pujols hit a solo home run in the third and Rick Ankiel doubled and scored on an RBI single by Yadier Molina.
A home run by Tyler Greene in the seventh off Russ Springer gave Springfield its second run.

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