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Cincinnati at St. Louis

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Carpenter K's 10, gets seventh straight win in as many decisions

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ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter is 7-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his last eight starts, and hungry for more dominant outings. He hopes a new workout routine between starts will help him stay sharp the rest of the way.

Carpenter beat the Cincinnati Reds for the third consecutive time, and Albert Pujols homered for the second straight game in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

An elbow nerve problem ended Carpenter's season early in 2008, so he's worked on strength while backing off on throwing.

"We've done a few things the last few weeks, just playing around with exercises," Carpenter said. "The whole thing that happened last year, we're trying to find a way to continue to keep everything strong."

The first four hitters in the St. Louis lineup had at least two hits, with Matt Holliday going 3 for 4 and contributing an RBI double to a three-run first.

Pujols hit his major league-leading 38th homer in the third and his line-drive single off Homer Bailey's left foot in the first knocked the right-hander out of the game with an injury diagnosed as a bruise. Bailey expects to make his next start.

"I knew it wasn't broken right away because I was walking on it," Bailey said. "If it doesn't hit a fat [size] 13 shoe, then it's a double play."

Carpenter (12-3) matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and was dominant most of his seven innings, allowing two runs and eight hits although his ERA rose one point to 2.27. He hasn't lost since June 30, and is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in three outings against the Cincinnati this year.

He caught four Reds on called third strikes.

"He has a lot of weapons, and it's hard to spot one of the best pitchers in baseball a 3-0 lead in the first inning," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You've got to cash in on opportunities when you have them, and you hate to see guys go down looking."

Holliday is career .455 hitter at 4-year-old Busch Stadium with eight homers and 16 RBI in 77 at-bats and has five games with three or more hits since joining the Cardinals on July 24. Pujols broke out of a 2-for-20 slump at home for the NL Central leaders, who have won five of six.

"All you've got to do is look at his track record," manager Tony La Russa said of Pujols. "Don't ever worry about him."

Brandon Phillips had a two-run single and Chris Dickerson had three hits for the Reds, who have lost nine of their last 12 in St. Louis and 11 of 14 on the road overall. Bailey (2-4) allowed singles to all three batters he faced and is 0-3 with a 9.82 ERA in four career starts against the Cardinals.

He also threw late and wild to first after recovering to field Pujols' shot in front of the mound for an error, allowing two runs to score.

Carpenter retired 14 of 15 batters starting with the final out of the third, and the Reds didn't have a runner in scoring position before four straight one-out singles produced both runs in the sixth. He struck out Willy Taveras, Wladimir Balentien and Drew Sutton twice each and hit the mid-90s at times on the Busch radar gun.

"My arm is strong," Carpenter said. "We've just got to continue to manage what we do in between [starts] and make sure it's 100 percent when it's time to go out there."

Ryan Franklin finished for his 28th save in 30 chances.

Notes

  • Injured Cardinals 3B Troy Glaus, out all year following shoulder surgery, took ground balls before the game.
  • Reds C Ryan Hanigan, in a career-worst 0-for-20 slump, was not in the lineup.
  • The Cardinals haven't decided whether rookie Mitchell Boggs will get another shot at the fifth starting spot.
  • Rick Ankiel, who flied out to shallow right with the bases loaded in the fifth, is 1 for 11 in that situation with two RBI.
  • Carpenter has 11 career double-digit strikeout games.
  • The Cardinals drew two bases-loaded walks in the series with Jared Burton missing on all four pitches to Ryan Ludwick on Wednesday.
  • Reds reliever Arthur Rhodes made his 762nd career appearance, tying Armando Benitez and Kenny Rogers for 51st on the all-time list.
 
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Chris Carpenter matches a season-best 10 strikeouts as he continues to tame the Reds' offense.  (AP)
Chris Carpenter matches a season-best 10 strikeouts as he continues to tame the Reds' offense. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Carpenter
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 0
K 10
Cincinnati

C. Dickerson
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Dickerson, LF5130001 .272
Willy Taveras, CF4110023 .236
Joey Votto, 1B4020010 .318
Brandon Phillips, 2B4012001 .264
Wladimir Balentien, RF4010022 .235
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000023 .213
Drew Sutton, 3B2000020 .172
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH1000010 .259
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .239
Craig Tatum, C3000100 .148
Homer Bailey, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Fisher, P1000010 .000
    Adam Rosales, 3B3010001 .217
Totals36292111  
a-struck out for Burton in the 7th
b-grounded out for Rhodes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam Rosales (8, Carpenter)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (74)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Homer Bailey (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey (L,2-4)0332000 7.48
Carlos Fisher 4.1622041 2.95
Jared Burton 1.2000110 5.72
Nick Masset 1100010 3.00
Arthur Rhodes 1000010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 12-8, Carlos Fisher 58-41, Jared Burton 26-13, Nick Masset 11-6, Arthur Rhodes 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Fisher 3-6, Jared Burton 1-3, Nick Masset 1-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 3, Carlos Fisher 19, Jared Burton 6, Nick Masset 3, Arthur Rhodes 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4220000 .294
Brendan Ryan, SS4120000 .286
Albert Pujols, 1B4221012 .327
Matt Holliday, LF4031010 .320
Ryan Ludwick, RF3011111 .267
Rick Ankiel, CF3000005 .232
   a- Julio Lugo, PH1000010 .310
    Colby Rasmus, CF0000000 .248
Mark DeRosa, 3B4000034 .256
Yadier Molina, C3000000 .287
Chris Carpenter, P3000000 .125
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Totals33510317  
a-struck out for Ankiel in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (31, Fisher)
HR - Albert Pujols (38, Fisher)
RBI - Albert Pujols (102), Matt Holliday (71), Ryan Ludwick (73)
CS - Matt Holliday (6, 2nd base by Masset/Tatum)
Team LOB - 5
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (W,12-3) 78220100 2.27
Trever Miller (H,7) 0.1000000 2.08
Kyle McClellan (H,10) 0.2100010 2.96
Ryan Franklin (S,28) 1000100 1.20
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 105-75, Trever Miller 6-4, Kyle McClellan 11-7, Ryan Franklin 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 9-2, Ryan Franklin 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 29, Trever Miller 1, Kyle McClellan 3, Ryan Franklin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40328
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Marty Foster