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Cardinals rock Reds, 12-4

May 31, 2010

Someone alert the authorities. The St. Louis Cardinals’ offense has been found. A day after the Redbirds put up nine runs against the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals pounded out 12 runs on 16 hits to move into a tie for first place in the NL Central, against their opponent, the Cincinnati Reds.

            Felipe Lopez, Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols, the Cardinals’ 1-2-3 hitters, combined for six hits, two runs and five RBIs. David Freese and Colby Rasmus both had two-hit games, adding four runs, while Matt Holliday put the Cards on top for good in the fourth inning with a two-out RBI double.

            The Cardinals’ offensive output for runs and hits were both season-highs. The 12 runs were six more than the Cardinals had scored in starting pitcher Jaime Garcia’s previous four starts, allowing the rookie left-hander to move to 5-2 on the year. The southpaw leads NL rookies in strikeouts and victories.

            Bronson Arroyo, who had pitched a complete game against the Cardinals on May 16, failed to last past the fifth inning after an hour-long rain delay. After retiring the first two hitters in the fourth, Arroyo allowed five straight base runners and the Cardinals pushed across three runs to take the lead, 4-3. Arroyo left the game after recording one out in the fifth and was marked with 7 earned runs.

            The win moved the Cardinals’ home record to 16-8 and cemented a 15-14 May record, a month in which many good pitching performances were wasted by the Cardinals’ offense that wasn’t able to put many runs up on the board until the past few days.

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