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Cardinals beat Reds for telling sweep

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl) By David Kohl St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl) By David Kohl
St. Louis Cardinals' Colby Rasmus swings as he hits a grand slam off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl) By David Kohl St. Louis Cardinals' Colby Rasmus swings as he hits a grand slam off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl) By David Kohl
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Franklin throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 in Cincinnati. The Cardinals won 6-1. (AP Photo/David Kohl) By David Kohl St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Franklin throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 in Cincinnati. The Cardinals won 6-1. (AP Photo/David Kohl) By David Kohl

(AP) - -Colby Rasmus hit his first career grand slam, Adam Wainwright dazzled again and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep that changed the standings and made their point.

The defending NL Central champs, scraped up from a cleat-kicking brawl the previous night, wouldn't be dismissed or demeaned. The Cardinals overtook the Reds with their first three-game sweep in Cincinnati since 2005, moving a game ahead in the standings.

Rasmus' homer off Bronson Arroyo (12-7) broke it open in the fifth. Wainwright (17-6) remained unbeaten in day games, allowing a pair of singles in seven shutout innings before a thunderstorm hit.

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