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Reds break Carpenter's spell to sweep Cardinals

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds ended emphatically put a stop to Chris Carpenter's five-year streak of dominating them. Those bad feelings? Judging by the final out, they're not going to end anytime soon.

If anything, the NL Central's rock 'em-sock 'em rivalry keeps getting livelier.

Brandon Phillips hit a bases-loaded double in the seventh inning Sunday that ended Carpenter's outing and his long streak of beating the Reds, who held on for a 9-7 victory and three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Fittingly, it ended with more full-throat screaming -- the Cardinals were upset that Albert Pujols got plunked by Francisco Cordero in the ninth.

"The teams don't like each other," said Lance Berkman, who struck out against Cordero for the final out. "That's just part of the deal."

The Reds' first home sweep of the Cardinals since September 2007 left them alone atop the NL Central, 1½ games ahead of the fuming Cardinals. The Reds got the better of their two-team race last season, and reasserted themselves over the weekend as the ones to beat.

"It's always a beautiful thing getting a sweep," Phillips said. "I'm happy with a win no matter who we're playing. We're having fun right now."

Not the Cardinals.

Carpenter (1-3) hadn't lost to the Reds since June 6, 2006, winning his last 10 decisions against them. Phillips, despised by the Cardinals for his demeaning remarks that touched off a brawl last season, got the decisive hit.

Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, the Cardinals intentionally walked National League MVP Joey Votto and let Carpenter face Phillips with the bases loaded. His double made it 6-2 and ended Carpenter's outing. Jay Bruce followed with a two-run double off Trever Miller.

"Like I've been telling everybody, everybody has their day," Phillips said. "Today, we hit his mistakes and took advantage of situations. I love the way we're playing right now."

Left-hander Travis Wood (3-3) gave up back-to-back solo homers by Berkman and Yadier Molina in the second inning, but little else against the NL's most-prolific lineup.

The Reds' bullpen let most of a 9-2 lead get away, letting the tension build in the ninth.

Aroldis Chapman walked four of the five batters he faced, extending his streak of wildness. Nick Masset gave up a two-run double by Ryan Theriot that cut it to 9-5. Cordero came on with one out and gave up a two-run double to Nick Punto, then came up-and-in with a two-strike pitch to Pujols that hit the first baseman on his left wrist.

Pujols realized that Cordero didn't want to put the tying run on base, but some of his teammates started yelling at Cordero.

"I'm sure Francisco wasn't trying to do it on purpose, not with Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman coming up," Pujols said.

Cordero got Holliday to hit into a forceout, then struck out Berkman and pumped his arm in celebration like he usually does. That's when the words flew back and forth between the mound and the Cardinals' dugout. Cordero waved angrily toward the Cardinals dugout before lining up to shake hands with teammates.

"I wasn't trying to hit him," Cordero said. "I've got nothing against the Cardinals."

Pujols stayed in the game with a bruise that quickly became the latest enduring mark in the rivalry.

"They took offense to it, we took offense to it, and the soap opera continues between these guys," acting Cardinals manager Joe Pettini said. "It's always something when you come in here."

Cincinnati's starting lineup had a combined .211 average against Carpenter, who went 5-0 against the Reds last season and was a big reason for the Cardinals' 12-6 record against them.

Pitching in a steady rain on a 55-degree afternoon, he lost his hold on a team starting to find its stride. The defending NL Central champions have won nine of their last 11, moving a season-high six games over .500 at 23-17. Cincinnati's 1½-game lead is its biggest since April 17.

The sweep left the Reds 4-2 against St. Louis this season.

Notes

  • Carpenter's last loss to the Reds was 7-0 against Eric Milton.
  • It was the first time the Cardinals got swept this season.
  • Berkman's homer snapped an 0-for-15 slump and gave him 22 at Great American Ball Park, the most by any visiting player.
  • Reds C Ryan Hanigan is sidelined by a sore right hand, hit by a pitch on Friday night. He would have played Sunday if healthy.
  • Hernandez has six homers, one shy of his total last season.
  • Chapman threw 18 balls in 23 pitches. He has walked 12 batters in his last four appearances.
 
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Cincinnati fans bust out the brooms as the Reds sweep St. Louis at home for the first time since 2007.  (AP)
Cincinnati fans bust out the brooms as the Reds sweep St. Louis at home for the first time since 2007. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

R. Theriot
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Theriot, SS5122002 .285
Nick Punto, 3B5012001 .250
Albert Pujols, 1B4000000 .266
Matt Holliday, LF5000012 .379
Lance Berkman, RF4221113 .347
Yadier Molina, C3221111 .289
Tyler Greene, 2B4010014 .241
Jon Jay, CF2010110 .298
   a- Gerald Laird, PH0100100 .222
Chris Carpenter, P3000001 .111
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   b- Allen Craig, PH0101100 .289
Totals3579755  
a-walked for Jay in the 9th
b-walked for Boggs in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Theriot (5, Masset), Nick Punto (4, Cordero), Tyler Greene (3, Wood)
HR - Lance Berkman (11, Wood), Yadier Molina (3, Wood)
RBI - Ryan Theriot 2 (13), Nick Punto 2 (10), Lance Berkman (34), Yadier Molina (17), Allen Craig (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - T. Greene-Theriot-Pujols
E - Jon Jay (1, Throwing), Albert Pujols (5, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Carpenter (L,1-3) 6.1987251 4.95
Trever Miller 0.2100000 2.70
Mitchell Boggs 1111101 3.66
IBB - Votto by Chris Carpenter
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 108-73, Trever Miller 6-5, Mitchell Boggs 15-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 11-4, Trever Miller 1-1, Mitchell Boggs 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 31, Trever Miller 3, Mitchell Boggs 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF4120110 .282
Paul Janish, SS4000002 .250
Joey Votto, 1B3110111 .345
Brandon Phillips, 2B4212001 .324
Jay Bruce, RF4122011 .243
Scott Rolen, 3B4121001 .274
Fred Lewis, LF4001011 .313
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Ramon Hernandez, C4121001 .349
Travis Wood, P2000011 .063
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH0100100 .286
    Chris Heisey, LF1111000 .263
Totals34911835  
a-walked for Ondrusek in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (8, Carpenter), Jay Bruce (5, Miller)
3B - Scott Rolen (1, Carpenter)
HR - Ramon Hernandez (6, Carpenter), Chris Heisey (4, Boggs)
SH - Paul Janish (2)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (25), Jay Bruce 2 (23), Scott Rolen (14), Fred Lewis (4), Ramon Hernandez (15), Chris Heisey (15)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Votto, B. Phillips-Janish-Votto
E - Scott Rolen (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,3-3) 6722132 5.01
Logan Ondrusek (H,5) 1000010 2.35
Jose Arredondo 1000000 0.00
Aroldis Chapman 0.1044400 6.92
Nick Masset0111000 4.56
Francisco Cordero (S,7) 0.2100010 1.96
HBP - Pujols (by Francisco Cordero)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 103-64, Logan Ondrusek 13-7, Jose Arredondo 12-6, Aroldis Chapman 23-5, Nick Masset 4-2, Francisco Cordero 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 8-6, Logan Ondrusek 1-1, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 25, Logan Ondrusek 3, Jose Arredondo 3, Aroldis Chapman 5, Nick Masset 1, Francisco Cordero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24672
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Andy Fletcher