St. Louis, MO - Albert Pujols recorded his 2,000th career hit and Edwin Jackson claimed a victory in his St. Louis debut, as the Cardinals handled the Cubs, 9-2, in the opener of a three-game series.
Pujols came into Friday's game needing two hits to reach 2,000. Pujols got to the milestone with a pair of doubles. He joined Stan Musial (3,630), Lou Brock (2,713), Rogers Hornsby (2,110) and Enos Slaughter (2,064) as the only Cardinals who tallied 2,000 hits while with the franchise.
Jackson (1-0) tossed seven strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits to pick up the victory. He struck out four and walked two.
Wednesday was a crazy day for Jackson, who was first shipped from the White Sox to the Blue Jays. Toronto then flipped him hours later along with outfielder Corey Patterson and pitchers Marc Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel to the Cardinals for outfielder Colby Rasmus and pitchers P.J. Walters, Brian Tallet and Trever Miller.
The 27-year-old Jackson knows what itís like to be traded before the trade deadline. Last year, the Diamondbacks dealt him to the White Sox.