SAN DIEGO -- You know it's a strange season when an Albert Pujols home run becomes a breaking news bulletin, but such is the state of the three-time NL MVP this year.
When Pujols drilled a ho-hum Dustin Moseley fastball over the left-field fence in the sixth inning here Monday, it snapped the longest home run drought of Prince Albert's career.
Pujols had gone 105 at-bats, and 119 plate appearances, since his last home run on April 23. Both were the longest homerless streaks of his career.
"And that was the worst ball he hit," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said, referring to his two previous long flies to center field in the first and third innings of St. Louis' 3-1 win. "He's been making contact like that. If not the first 10 days [of the season], soon after that.
"He can't catch a break. They're pitching him like he's hitting .350. Every at-bat is a tough at-bat for him."
Pujols is now hitting .268 with eight homers and 26 RBI, a .340 on-base percentage and a .421 slugging percentage.
Between Pujols last two homers:
-- The Cardinals went 16-10, an excellent sign of things to come for Tony La Russa's club (unless you like the odds that Pujols won't homer again for another 105 at-bats).
-- Toronto's Jose Bautista smashed 12 homers.
-- Boston's Adrian Gonzalez hit eight homers.
-- Arizona pitcher Barry Enright homered once.
-- A total of 15 major-league games were rained out.
-- Britain hosted its first Royal Wedding since 1981.
-- Osama bin Laden was killed.
-- The world did not end.