KANSAS CITY -- Albert Pujols reached another milestone on Friday night, scoring his 1,000th career run against the Kansas City Royals during a 10-5 Cardinals victory at Kauffman Stadium. The landmark run came in the top of the third. With runners on second and third, the Royals elected to intentionally walk Pujols, who had already driven in two runs with a single in the top of the first. Right fielder Ryan Ludwick followed Pujols with a grand slam to left, and Pujols trotted around the bases and crossed the plate for the 1,000th time in his illustrious career.
Pujols finished the game 1-for-3, having left in the fifth inning with the Cards up big. He was replaced by Chris Duncan at first base. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa marveled at Pujols' abilities after the game. "I just saw the replay of the hit he got," La Russa said. "That pitch is a ball. His plate coverage is amazing. He can hit the ball inside, outside." Pujols, who does not turn 30 until January, is now hitting .320 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs. Pujols, who is in his ninth season with the Cardinals, attended high school at Ft. Osage High in Independence, Mo., just outside of Kansas City. He later attended nearby Maple Woods Community College.
Rustin Dodd is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.