Votto, Reds Sink Cards in Extras

CINCINNATI (AP) - Joey Votto's two-out, run-scoring single in the 10th inning completed the Cincinnati Reds' rally to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night that tightened the NL Central.

With 32,972 fans waving white rally towels and chanting "MVP," the National League MVP came through against Jason Motte (1-1), driving home Chris Heisey from second base.

The Reds overcame a 5-2 deficit in the late innings. Brandon Phillips' single off Eduardo Sanchez tied it in the ninth, and Votto kept the Reds perfect in four extra-inning games this season.

Francisco Cordero (3-1) pitched out of a two-on threat in the ninth, striking out Jon Jay to keep it tied.

The defending NL Central champions moved within a half-game of the first-place Cardinals.

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