Sunday, August 24, 2008. (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer and briefly took the lead in the NL batting race over the Braves' Chipper Jones, before falling back by less than a percentage point in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-3 victory over Atlanta on Sunday.
Pujols was 8-for-11 with two homers and eight RBIs in the series, helping the Cardinals take two of three from the sagging Braves, who have dropped 12 of 14.
Jones, who has led the league virtually the entire season, went ahead of Pujols after doubling in his final at-bat in the eighth to put him at .3594.
The fast-climbing Pujols is at .3586 after going 2-for-2 with his major league-leading 29th and 30th intentional walks, plus a third walk on five pitches in the eighth.
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