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Homer Pitches Well In Reds Loss

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Skip Schumaker singled to snap an eighth-inning

tie after the Cincinnati Reds twice rallied to even the score in

the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-3 victory Saturday.

Albert Pujols had an RBI double and added one of two

bases-loaded walks in a three-run eighth for the Cardinals. Pujols

is 9 of 17 with three doubles and four RBIs the first six games of

a seven-game homestand, including his first day off of the season

Thursday.

David Freese added his second homer of the season and second in

three days for the Cardinals, who have won six of seven and ended

the Reds' five-game winning streak.

Kyle Lohse allowed a run and struck out eight in seven innings,

but remained the lone member of the St. Louis rotation without a

win. He matched his best strikeout total since June 30, 2007, when

he was the Reds and faced the Cardinals in Cincinnati.

Lohse totaled seven strikeouts his first four starts of the

year.

Ryan Franklin (1-0) got the last four outs after the Reds scored

twice off the St. Louis bullpen. He benefited from a poor throw by

Colby Rasmus on Scott Rolen's tying sacrifice fly to shallow

center. Rasmus, who was removed in a double switch, went 0 for 4

with three strikeouts.

The only run the first six innings came on Freese's drive that

barely cleared the right field wall in the fourth. Jay Bruce

tripled to start the seventh and Orlando Cabrera followed with a

sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Pujols' RBI double put the Cardinals ahead 2-1 in the seventh

and he scored on Scott Rolen's throwing error as the Cardinals took

a 3-1 lead. Rolen's wild throw to first on Holliday's infield hit

got away from Votto and allowed Pujols to score.

Jason LaRue doubled off Carlos Fisher (0-1) with one out in the

eighth, pinch runner Jaime Garcia advanced on a groundout and

Brendan Ryan walked on a full count before Schumaker lined a single

to left off Daniel Ray Herrera.

Matt Holliday also walked with the bases loaded, this one off

Micah Owings.

NOTES: C Yadier Molina and 3B Freese got tangled up a bit

chasing Bruce's foul pop in the fourth and Freese's glove went

flying as Molina made the catch near the Reds dugout. ... Of the

Cardinals' 111 runs, 53 have come on homers. ... Rolen, a

seven-time Gold Glove winner, has four errors after totaling five

last year with Toronto and Cincinnati.

 

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