ST. LOUIS — Joe Kelly won for the fifth time in six starts, Matt Holliday had at least one RBI for the seventh consecutive game and Matt Carpenter scored his 100th run of the season Tuesday night to lead St. Louis past Cincinnati 6-1 at sultry Busch Stadium.
How it went
The Cardinals' first two runs were scored in the first inning against Mat Latos (13-5). Holliday had an RBI single and another run scored when Allen Craig hit into a double play. Shin-Soo Choo led off the Cincinnati fifth with his 17th homer to make it 2-1. Craig drove in a run with a sixth-inning double to put St. Louis on top 3-1. The Cardinals grew their lead to 4-1 in the seventh on Carpenter's sacrifice fly against Manny Parra. David Freese had an RBI single and Daniel Descalso had an RBI on a fielder's choice, giving the Cardinals their final two runs in the eighth.
By the numbers
Kelly (6-3) allowed one run on eight hits in six innings, walked three and struck out one. ... Craig is batting .452 with runners in scoring position. ... Kevin Siegrist struck out the side in the seventh. ... St. Louis leads Pittsburgh by 1 1/2 games in the NL Central.