Cardinals beat Reds 4-2, take 2 of 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead, three-run homer to back Chris Carpenter's season-best 11 strikeouts, helping the St. Louis Cardinals take two of three from NL Central-leading Cincinnati with a 4-2 victory Sunday.

The Cardinals reduced the Reds' formidable lead to seven games with 28 games to go. The two teams are not scheduled to play again this season.

Homer Bailey (3-3) walked Albert Pujols intentionally in the sixth inning before giving up Holliday's two-out shot on a 1-2 hanging breaking ball. Holliday fouled off two pitches before hitting his 25th homer, topping last season's total and giving the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.

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