Carpenter Homers Twice, Cardinals Complete Sweep of Reds 10-2
Matt Carpenter hit a pair of two-run homers, Lance Lynn pitched six scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Cincinnati Reds 10-2 Wednesday night.
The win was the fourth straight for the NL Central leaders and it improved their major league-best record to 96-56. Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos also homered as the Cardinals hit four for the first time this season.
Matt Holliday returned to the St. Louis lineup for the first time since July 29 and contributed an RBI double.
Both of Carpenter’s homers came off Brandon Finnegan (4-1), who allowed six runs in five innings.
Lynn (12-10) gave up three singles, walked none and allowed only one runner to reach second before leaving with the Cardinals ahead 9-0.
St. Louis catcher Travis Tartamella singled in his first major league at-bat in the eighth.
Cincinnati slugger Joey Votto hit his 29th homer in the seventh and singled while extending his streak of reaching base safely to 40 games, one shy of his career best.