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Reds Fall, Cards Take Series

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Carpenter beat Cincinnati for the eighth

straight start, allowing four hits in eight innings as the St.

Louis Cardinals pulled into a first-place tie with the Reds in the

NL Central with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.

Matt Holliday homered and Skip Schumaker, Ryan Ludwick and

Brendan Ryan all had two hits and an RBI to back Carpenter, who

silenced the NL's top offense to help St. Louis take two of three.

Holliday hit his sixth homer, and only second at home, leading off

the seventh against Logan Ondrusek for a 4-1 lead.

Scott Rolen had an RBI single for the Reds, following a

two-homer game. But he made a key mistake on the basepaths when he

was struck by Jay Bruce's grounder, a ball that first baseman

Albert Pujols had no chance at, with runners on first and third for

the second out of the seventh.

Carpenter (7-1) got another big out himself in the seventh,

striking out Jonny Gomes for the second out. Gomes had entered the

game with an NL-leading .459 average with runners in scoring

position.

Gomes was shaky in the field, charging a ball in left field that

sailed over his head for a gift RBI triple by Ryan in the fourth

for the Cardinals' first run.

Carpenter has beaten Cincinnati three times this year and has a

1.09 ERA during the eight-game winning streak that dates to Aug.

15, 2006. He improved to 15-1 against the NL Central the last two

years, retiring 13 straight in one stretch with four strikeouts and

no walks.

Rookie Sam LeCure (1-1) allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings in

his second career start, missing a chance to become the first Reds

pitcher to win his first two outings since Larry Luebbers in 1993.

Kyle McClellan worked the ninth for his first save, and fifth of

his career, a day after closer Ryan Franklin worked two innings in

a one-run loss.

NOTES: Reds RHP Homer Bailey (shoulder) is eligible to come off

the DL on Tuesday and manager Dusty Baker says "Homer's optimistic

all the time about getting back in it." ... St. Louis Rams QB Sam

Bradford, the No. 1 pick of the draft, is scheduled to throw out

the first pitch Friday before the Cardinals play Milwaukee. ...

Cardinals IF Felipe Lopez felt fine a day after bruising his right

thumb on a fielding error, but was not in the lineup. ... Cardinals

RHP Adam Ottavino was available for bullpen duty if needed but

remained on track to start Saturday. ... Cardinals RHP Brad Penny,

on the DL with an upper back strain, has played light catch the

last two days but there's no timetable for his return. He's

eligible to be activated Sunday. ... Stadium personnel surrounded

and tackled a young male who ran onto the field at the end of the

fifth. ... Reds LHP Arthur Rhodes got three outs in the seventh and

hasn't allowed a run in 20 2-3 innings, longest by a reliever in

the majors this season.

 

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