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.