ST. LOUIS — Allen Craig hit his first career grand slam in the seventh inning Monday, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-6 victory over Cincinnati before 35,159 at Busch Stadium. The victory moved St. Louis into first place in the NL Central.
How it went
Cincinnati led 4-0 after two and 5-3 after six, but David Freese singled against Mike Leake to start the seventh. One out later, pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran doubled Freese to third. Manny Parra (1-3) relieved and walked Matt Carpenter to load the bases. Jon Jay's roller to first scored Freese to make it 5-4, and J.J. Hoover relieved Parra. Hoover walked Matt Holliday to reload the baes, and Craig then connected on Hoover's first pitch, sending it 381 feet over the wall in right.
By the numbers
Holliday hit his 18th homer, a three-run shot into Big Mac Land in the third that brought the Cardinals within 4-3. Holliday has at least one RBI in six consecutive games. ... Rookie Carlos Martinez (1-1) threw two innings and recorded his first major-league victory. ... Edward "Chief" Mujica nailed down his 35th save. ... Craig was 3-for-4 and is batting .317 with 13 homers and 95 RBIs.