Pujols' sixth-inning two-run double off Tommy Hanson during the Cardinals' 6-3 loss to the Braves gave him 101 RBIs for the 2010 season, giving Pujols 10 straight seasons of 30 or more homers and 100 or more RBIs to start his career. He was already the only player to start his career with five straight 30-100 campaigns, never mind nine.
"I'm blessed that God gave me the ability and talent to be healthy and battle through injuries every year, and to be able to do that," Pujols said after the game. "Obviously, it's pretty special.
"But that's not my goal. My goal is to try to do everything that I can to help my team and represent this organization. That's what I do every day I take the field."
Yet the deeper Pujols gets into his career, the more space he stakes out for himself in the baseball record book. He has the second-longest streak of 100-RBI seasons to start a career, behind only Al Simmons' 11. He's the fifth player with at least 10-straight 100-RBI seasons at any point in a career, joining Alex Rodriguez, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig and Simmons. And only two other players have at least 10 straight 30/100 seasons at any point in their careers: Rodriguez and Foxx.
Oh, and by the way, the runs mattered. Pujols' double tied the Cardinals' game against the Braves, as did his run-scoring forceout two innings later.
"I think the most impressive thing about him is his combination of power and a great stroke, producing a .300 average, and his total cool in RBI situations," manager Tony La Russa said. "His batting average with men in scoring position is just off the chart"
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.