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St. Louis (45-39) «20024000210150
Cincinnati (40-40)000000100161

Cardinals 10, Reds 1

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CINCINNATI -- The lopsided win was anticlimactic for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Colby Rasmus' homer started an eight-run onslaught against slumping Bronson Arroyo, and the Cardinals got another solid start from Chris Carpenter on Sunday for a 10-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that was a perfect finishing touch.

The Cardinals already had learned that first baseman Albert Pujols received the most votes for the All-Star Game that will be played at Busch Stadium on July 14. He'll be joined by catcher Yadier Molina and closer Ryan Franklin, both of whom were picked for the first time.

Franklin, a 36-year-old reliever, started to tear up when he described the standing ovation he got from his teammates in the clubhouse. He'd spent a sleepless night wondering whether he'd be chosen.

"Aw, man, it meant a whole lot," said Franklin, a former starter who has closed games the last two years. "There was a lot of tossing and turning, a few good dreams, a few bad dreams - about not making it. It's a cool feeling. I just can't wait to experience it."

By comparison, the game was a sleep walk.

Rasmus hit a two-run homer in the first off Arroyo (8-8), who is 1-5 in his last seven starts. A throwing error by third baseman Edwin Encarnacion let in a pair of runs in the fifth inning, helping the Cardinals pull ahead 8-0 with Arroyo on the mound.

"It was a struggle getting outs," Arroyo said. "I'm not tired. I didn't throw that many pitches. I knew I was going to have to stay out there."

By that point, the Reds knew they were finished. Carpenter (6-3) wasn't going to let them back in it.

"They go up 2-0 and that's almost all they need," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's one of the best around. If anybody knows how to keep a slim lead, it's him."

Carpenter bounced back from his worst start of the season, a 6-3 loss to the Giants on Tuesday. The right-hander gave up a run and five hits in seven innings, fanning Laynce Nix on a 94 mph fastball with his 104th and final pitch.

The Cardinals have won four of five. They visit NL Central rivals Milwaukee and Chicago before returning home for the 80th All-Star Game.

"Anytime you come into a visiting ballpark in your division and take two of three, all wins are big wins," Carpenter said. "It's nice to start the road trip off by taking the series."

Pujols, who leads the majors with 31 homers and 82 RBI, had a single and an intentional walk as part of the Cardinals' balanced offense -- every starter had a hit. Molina, who also will start for the NL, singled twice and drove in a pair of runs.

From Baker on down, the Reds viewed the weekend series as a chance to show they're more than just a break-even team. Instead, they completed a 3-3 homestand that left them 40-40 overall -- 20-20 at home, 20-20 on the road.

"Yeah, it was a big, big series," Baker said. "It was a huge series, but it is what it is right now."

Rasmus' second homer in two games left him with 10, the most by an NL rookie, and added to Arroyo's history of slow starts. The right-hander has given up 20 earned runs in his 17 opening innings, by far his worst result for any inning.

Carpenter, only a 3-for-19 hitter this season, singled for his first RBI in the fourth inning. The Cardinals broke it open with four runs in the fifth, when the Reds intentionally walked Pujols to load the bases with no outs. Ryan Ludwick then hit a grounder to Encarnacion, whose off-balance throw was wide of home plate, letting in a pair of runs.

Encarnacion had a team-high 23 errors last season. He's been sidelined most of this season by a broken wrist and has four errors.

Notes

The nine-run win matched the Cardinals' most lopsided. They beat the Tigers 11-2 on June 16. ... Pujols also leads the majors in intentional walks. He got his 29th on Sunday, five shy of the team record he set last season. ... Chris Duncan's pinch-hit single broke an 0-for-15 slide. ... Cincinnati's Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to eight games. Since coming off the DL on June 23, the first baseman has gone 19 for 50 (.380) in a dozen games.
 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Rasmus
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

C. Carpenter
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4230100 .302
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
Colby Rasmus, CF4222101 .282
Albert Pujols, 1B3210101 .336
   a- Chris Duncan, PH-1B1010000 .241
Ryan Ludwick, RF5310003 .237
Rick Ankiel, LF3111102 .227
Yadier Molina, C5022001 .281
Joe Thurston, 3B4012000 .218
Chris Carpenter, P3011011 .150
   b- Jarrett Hoffpauir, PH-2B1010100 .500
Brendan Ryan, SS5010015 .298
Totals381015852  
a-singled for Pujols in the 9th
b-walked for Carpenter in the 8th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (17, Arroyo), Colby Rasmus (18, Arroyo), Jarrett Hoffpauir (1, Fisher)
HR - Colby Rasmus (10, Arroyo)
SF - Rick Ankiel (2), Joe Thurston (1)
RBI - Colby Rasmus 2 (32), Rick Ankiel (22), Yadier Molina 2 (27), Joe Thurston 2 (21), Chris Carpenter (1)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Thurston (9), Chris Carpenter (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Molina-Ryan, Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (W,6-3) 7511150 2.32
Jason Motte 0.2100110 4.70
Dennys Reyes 0.1000000 4.22
Kyle McClellan 1000010 2.84
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 104-67, Jason Motte 22-12, Dennys Reyes 5-3, Kyle McClellan 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 11-3, Dennys Reyes 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 25, Jason Motte 4, Dennys Reyes 1, Kyle McClellan 3
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Dickerson, LF4000013 .278
Willy Taveras, CF4010002 .244
Joey Votto, 1B4110012 .364
Brandon Phillips, 2B3000120 .268
Jay Bruce, RF4011011 .217
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000011 .125
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS2020000 .258
    Josh Roenicke, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1000011 .251
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
Ryan Hanigan, C2010101 .338
Bronson Arroyo, P0000000 .154
    Drew Sutton, SS2000001 .000
Totals3016127  
a-struck out for Roenicke in the 7th
Batting
3B - Jay Bruce (2, Carpenter)
SH - Bronson Arroyo (9)
RBI - Jay Bruce (41)
CS - Brandon Phillips (6, 2nd base by Carpenter/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Roenicke-Hanigan-Votto, Sutton-B. Phillips-Votto, B. Phillips-Sutton-Votto
PB - Ryan Hanigan (3)
E - Edwin Encarnacion (4, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (L,8-8) 51185221 5.85
Josh Roenicke 2100000 0.00
Carlos Fisher 2322300 3.93
IBB - Pujols by Bronson Arroyo
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 89-58, Josh Roenicke 14-8, Carlos Fisher 42-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 5-9, Josh Roenicke 4-0, Carlos Fisher 4-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 29, Josh Roenicke 5, Carlos Fisher 11
Game Information
Attendance - 24017
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom