The Cardinals needed a statement game Monday against the Reds... And they got it thanks to a seven-run inning that cut Cincinnati's National League Central lead to one game.
The Redbirds batted around in the fourth inning with Skip Schumaker dealing the big blow -- a grand slam. Then the bullpen held on to bring a 7-3 victory home in Jim Edmonds' first game with Cincinnati.
Five St. Louis batters had two hits: Schumaker, Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina.
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter throws a pitch Monday against the Reds. AP photo.
Starter Chris Carpenter was supurb through six innings. In the seventh he labored and gave up a pair of runs. On an extremely hot and humid night, with the Cardinals ace's jersey soaked all the way through with sweat, Carpenter gutted out the seventh inning and held on to notch his 13th victory of the season.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter
Cardinals Play of the Game: Schumaker's grand slam
Lowlight: Brendan Ryan was the only Cardinals starter not to get a hit. He was 0-for-4.