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Cardinals vs. Reds, June 2

The Cardinals were finally able to come through against a no-name pitcher. Sort of...

They got the victory over Cincinnati rookie starter Sam LeCure who was facing St. Louis for the first time. But the Cardinals didn't exactly rough him up. The kid held them to one run through five innings before the Birds finally broke through with two more in the top of the sixth and an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh after LeCure was long gone en route to a 4-1 win.

The teams are locked in a tie for first place yet again.

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Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker hits a sacrifice fly Monday against the Reds. It was only the seventh sac fly of the season for the Birds which moves them ahead of the Orioles and out of last place in the majors in that category. The Mets lead MLB with 24. AP photo.

Chris Carpenter had a huge game, pitching six innings of one-hit ball before eventually giving up one run on four hits through eight frames. He held a potent Reds offense down until his teammates could come through and St. Louis was able to take two of three against its chief competition thus far. Control was still an issue for Carp. He didn't walk any hitters. But he hit two and it seems like he was unhappy with the location of his fastball on several occasions.

Skip Schumaker, Ryan Ludwick and Brendan Ryan each had three hits in the contest. Ryan, who so recently was scuffling to the tune of a .170 batting average, had a triple and a double to raise his mark to .211 on the season. He's hitting .400 over his last 10 games, which is good to see with Felipe Lopez out with a hand injury.

Cardinals star of the Game: Carpenter.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Albert Pujols got credit for the putout. But it was really just luck that former St. Louis third baseman was unable to get out of the way of a hard hit grounder with two on and no one out in the seventh inning. The ball, headed for right field, would have put the tying run on base. Instead, Rolen was out and Carpenter was able to get out of the inning with only one run allowed.

Lowlight: A night after he seemed to break out of a cold snap with three hits including a homer, Colby Rasmus wore the collar, 0-for-4.