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Magic runs out: Cardinals can't come back again

Updated: October 20, 2005, 12:36 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Instead of altering the NL Championship Series, Albert Pujols' dramatic Game 5 home run simply gave the St. Louis Cardinals a chance to play a goodbye game at Busch Stadium.

Any momentum provided by Pujols' drive was halted by the brilliant pitching of Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros' bullpen in a 5-1 Game 6 loss on Wednesday night. Pujols' homer, it turned out, was the last big hit by his 100-win team in a season that again failed to deliver on considerable promise.

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