Chasing 700 and a championship: Pujols hits HR No. 698

ST. LOUIS -- Continuing to hit home runs with great meaning -- both in terms of historical significance and to the Cardinals' chances of landing a top playoff seed 

Albert Pujols hit the 698th home run of his career Friday against the Reds.

The Cardinals have 17 games remaining after the 6-5 win at Busch Stadium for Pujols to try to hit at least two more home runs.

“At the end of the day, it’s just about whatever you can do to help this ballclub,” Pujols said.

“Obviously, when they come in a big situation like this it’s awesome. We’re pushing to try and win the division, and this is what we need.”