The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 8-2 on Sunday, and took a crucial three-game series on the road in the process.
Matt Holliday fell a homer short of the cycle, as he rapped out four hits and drove in four runs. Allen Craig was big on offense for the Cards as well, going 3-for-5 with a two-run shot and three driven in overall.
Adam Wainwright kept the Reds off balance for 5.2 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out two. He did not walk anybody. While Sunday's game marked Wainwright's shortest outing since June 29, he still picked up his 13th victory on the strength of a 9-to-2 groundout/flyout ratio. He also had the Cardinals' middle-of-the-order boppers and a solid bullpen effort to thank.
Matt Carpenter had three hits on the day to raise his batting average to .310, while Skip Schumaker contributed two hits of his own. The Cardinals moved to within six games of the Reds in the NL Central with the series victory, and remain in sole possession of second place in the division.
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