Reds Fall To Carpenter & Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Carpenter pitched seven innings of

two-hit ball and Albert Pujols broke it open with a three-run

double in the seventh as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the

Cincinnati Reds 6-0 on Sunday to wrap up a 6-1 homestand.

David Freese homered for the third time in four games on a

three-hit day and Ryan Ludwick and Brendan Ryan had an RBI apiece

for St. Louis, which took two of three for its seventh series win

out of eight this season. The Cardinals are an NL-best 17-8.

Carpenter (4-0) outpitched Aaron Harang (1-4) for the second

time this year in a rematch from opening day, striking out eight

with three walks. He has won seven straight decisions over the Reds

and 13 in a row with a 1.86 ERA against NL Central opponents dating

to last season.

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