Albert Pujols hit 697 in the home inning, passing A-Rod to fourth on the all-time list

Albert Pujols made his 697th home run, passing Alex Rodriguez to fourth on the careers list, and he did so in dramatic fashion with a ninth-stroke campaign that crowded the St. Louis Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Sunday.

The leading Cardinals at NL Central were behind 2-1 when the Pujols were hooked up to two engines. Pujols tied Rodriguez in the rematch at home on Saturday night.

The Pujols track Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Bay Ruth (714) on Homer’s all-time chart.

“There is something impressive and then there is something incredible,” said Cardinals coach Oliver Marmol. “What we’re seeing now is legendary. You have to take a step back from managing the game and take it all in. It’s amazing.”

In his hunt for 700 wrecks, the 42-year-old Pujols remained 21 games in his 22nd and final season in the major leagues. He’s hit 18 home runs this year.

“This opportunity comes only once and it is a gift that God has given me and I try to take advantage of it every day,” Pujols said. “I don’t make memories just for myself but for the fans, my family and the people who love me.”

“At the end of the day, it’s pretty cool and we’re playing great baseball and have a great group of teammates,” he said.

The Cardinals went into the ninth game late 2-0 but scored four games out of Chase Dejong (4-2).

Tommy Adman and Cory Dickerson paired back-to-back productions for the first round. Pujols followed up with Homer to put the cardinals on top.

Once after the Pujols contact, Tyler O’Neil hit a single shot to crown the St. Louis big round.

The Cardinals won on the day first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and third baseman Nolan Arenado, two of the Premier League favorites, took leave.

De Jong entered the match with a goalless shot in the 19th minute.

“A really bad execution is overdue for a really good hitter,” De Jong said of Pujols’ home run. “I left a fastball above the middle of the board. It should have fallen. Things that were meant to be high were low, and things that were supposed to be below the area stayed in the area. That’s totally on me, and I should do better.” In key situations like this.”

Greg Allen tied at home twice at the bottom of the ninth game, equalizing the Pirates within 4-3. Then Ryan Hillsley made Ben Jamal fly to save his 16.

Chris Stratton (8-4) retired both hitters he faced.

The Cardinals were eliminated from three games during the first eight rounds, but they managed their eighth win in their last 11 games. The Buccaneers missed a chance to win their first series since sweeping Milwaukee on August 2-4.

The Cardinals snatched their 15th consecutive winning season

Edman took two hits to run his hitting streak to 13 games.

Mitch Keeler provided seven goal-free rounds for the Buccaneers, allowing only two individual departures. Hit six and walked three.

Cardinals’ Jose Quintana throws a one-round ball over 5 and 1/3 innings. This was his first run against the Buccaneers since they replaced him with St. Louis on August 1.

Rookie Jack Swinsky finished seventh to give the Buccaneers a 2-0 lead. Oneil Cruz led in the first round of the game with a hitter in the third.

The Cardinals clinched their 15th consecutive winning season on Saturday night with a 7-5 victory over the Pirates. This links the registered franchise record from 1939-1953.

Buccaneers manager Derek Shelton was sent off by home board referee Clint Vondrac in the third inning for their third-hand argument over Brian Reynolds. This was Chilton’s four dismissals of the season.

The Cardinals are absent on Monday before they open a three-game streak at home with Milwaukee on Tuesday. Jordan Montgomery (8-3, 3.08) will start for St. Louis. He’s 5-0 with a 1.45 ERA in seven starts since he was acquired by the New York Yankees in a deal.

The Buccaneers open a four-game series in Cincinnati on Monday as they face Bryce Wilson (2-8, 6.11) and Mike Minor (4-10, 5.70). Wilson is 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA in his last five games.