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Thanks in large part to Alonso and Juan Francisco, the Reds were up for the challenge.
Francisco hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs and Alonso had a two-run homer and scored three runs as the Reds beat St. Louis 11-8 on Friday night to end the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.
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Todd Frazier added a pinch-hit, solo home run for Cincinnati.
Reliever Marc Rzepczynski (0-1) started the seventh for the Cardinals in a 6-6 game and got Joey Votto to ground out to lead off the inning. But Bruce singled to left and Alonso followed with his fourth homer to make it 8-6.
"It was an important home run, but Todd's was, too, and so was Francisco's," Alonso said. "They all came at good times.
"That [home runs] is the last thing obviously we're thinking about against Carpenter. We got out with a W and that's good."
With the heart of the Cardinals' lineup lurking in the bottom of the ninth, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker was glad to have the extra runs.
"A one-run game facing [Albert] Pujols, [Matt] Holliday and [Lance] Berkman, that's not a very comfortable situation. That gave us a much better situation to work from."
Furcal and David Freese each had a solo home run and an RBI single for St. Louis, and Jon Jay was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Holliday added a solo homer in the ninth off Cincinnati reliever Francisco Cordero.
Carpenter had one bad inning, the second, when Cincinnati sent 10 men to the plate and scored five times. After Alonso reached on a double and Drew Stubbs on a fielder's choice to start the inning, Francisco drove them both home with a double. Phillips, Renteria and Bruce all drove in runs with two-out hits to make it 5-0.
"Obviously, a big game for us and the five runs in the second wasn't what I was looking for," Carpenter said. "I didn't pitch well enough to give our guys a chance. Offensively, we did a nice job. I couldn't get out of the second inning."
St. Louis manager Tony La Russa thought with better luck, Carpenter could have gotten out of the inning with a lot less damage.
"They had three balls that were mis-hit," La Russa said. "That's a tough five-spot to hang on him. He deserved better. They should have got something, but not five."
Alonso said the Reds wanted to take advantage of Carpenter when they could.
"Carpenter is really good," Alonso said. "When you face top-notch guys you got to grind and you got to battle and we did that."
Speaking of grinding, the Cardinals began pecking away at Cueto, getting two runs back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Freese and Yadier Molina's fielder's choice. St. Louis plated a single run in the third on Berkman's RBI single, and tied it in the fifth on Furcal's homer and a double play by Holliday that scored Jon Jay to tie it 5-5.
Frazier hit a solo shot off Carpenter with two out in the sixth to give the Reds the lead again, but Freese tied it with a solo homer off Arredondo leading off the bottom half.
|Brandon Phillips connects for an RBI double as the Reds trip up the Cards in St. Louis. (Getty Images)|
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|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.299|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||1||2||1||1||0||2||.242|
|Paul Janish, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.207|
|Joey Votto, 1B||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.323|
|Jay Bruce, RF||5||2||2||1||0||0||2||.262|
|Yonder Alonso, LF||4||2||2||2||0||1||2||.386|
|Bill Bray, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aroldis Chapman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Miguel Cairo, PH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.250|
|Juan Francisco, 3B||5||2||2||5||0||1||1||.222|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.285|
|Johnny Cueto, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.047|
|b- Todd Frazier, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.232|
|Jose Arredondo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Chris Heisey, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|a-hit by pitch for Chapman in the 9th|
|b-homered for Cueto in the 6th|
|2B - Brandon Phillips (31, Carpenter), Yonder Alonso (4, Carpenter), Juan Francisco (1, Carpenter)|
|HR - Yonder Alonso (4, Rzepczynski), Juan Francisco (1, McClellan), Todd Frazier (6, Carpenter)|
|SH - Drew Stubbs (4)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips (74), Edgar Renteria (30), Jay Bruce (86), Yonder Alonso 2 (11), Juan Francisco 5 (7), Todd Frazier (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (22), Edgar Renteria (5), Jay Bruce (25), Juan Francisco 3 (3), Todd Frazier (2)|
|SB - Drew Stubbs (36, 2nd base off Rzepczynski/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Renteria-B. Phillips-Votto, Renteria-B. Phillips-Votto|
|Jose Arredondo (BS,1; W,4-4)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||3.27|
|Bill Bray (H,18)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.74|
|Logan Ondrusek (H,14)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.80|
|Aroldis Chapman (H,11)||1||1||1||1||2||0||0||3.89|
|HBP - Jay (by Bill Bray)|
|WP - Logan Ondrusek (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 78-52, Jose Arredondo 15-9, Bill Bray 6-3, Logan Ondrusek 9-4, Aroldis Chapman 22-11, Francisco Cordero 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 9-2, Aroldis Chapman 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 23, Jose Arredondo 4, Bill Bray 2, Logan Ondrusek 3, Aroldis Chapman 6, Francisco Cordero 5|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.219|
|Jon Jay, CF||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||.297|
|a- Shane Robinson, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||0||2||0||1||1||0||.294|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||2||1||1||1||1||4||.301|
|Lance Berkman, RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.283|
|David Freese, 3B||5||1||3||2||0||0||1||.306|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||1||0||1||1||0||1||.294|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.273|
|Chris Carpenter, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.158|
|b- Corey Patterson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.244|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Allen Craig, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.309|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|a-grounded out for Jay in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Carpenter in the 6th|
|c-hit into fielder's choice for Boggs in the 8th|
|HR - Rafael Furcal (6, Cueto), Matt Holliday (21, Cordero), David Freese (9, Arredondo)|
|SH - Chris Carpenter (8)|
|RBI - Rafael Furcal 2 (23), Matt Holliday (70), Lance Berkman (82), David Freese 2 (46), Yadier Molina (52)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (6)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Freese-Theriot-Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Marc Rzepczynski (L,2-4)||0.2||2||2||2||1||1||1||2.77|
|HBP - B. Phillips (by Chris Carpenter), Cairo (by Kyle McClellan)|
|WP - Mitchell Boggs (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 102-72, Marc Rzepczynski 14-10, Mitchell Boggs 15-7, Arthur Rhodes 2-2, Kyle McClellan 22-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 11-3, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Mitchell Boggs 3-0, Arthur Rhodes 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 29, Marc Rzepczynski 5, Mitchell Boggs 4, Arthur Rhodes 2, Kyle McClellan 5|
|Attendance - 36970|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 98|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|