The St. Louis Cardinals took two out of three weekend games from the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-2 victory on Sunday. The Cardinals somehow reduced the lead of the NL Central leading Reds but the lead remains at a solid seven games.
A snapshot of the weekend series scores is shown below:
- Friday, September 3: St. Louis def. Cincinnati, 3-2
- Saturday, September 4: Cincinnati def. St. Louis, 6-1
- Sunday, September 5: St. Louis def. Cincinnati, 4-2
Chris Carpenter displayed solid pitching once more against the Reds, striking out 11 batters to set a new season record. His previous record of 10 strikeouts were done twice in April. This time he struck out five straight batters in the sixth and seventh innings. Carpenter has been very comfortable playing his Central opponents going 44-16 overall and 18-4 in the last two seasons.
Matt Holliday hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the 6th inning for the final tally. This happened after Homer Bailey delilberately walked Albert Pujols. Holliday hit his 25th homer of the season after two fouls, giving the Cardinals the lead for good at 4-2.