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Pujols' HR leads Cardinals over Reds 4-1

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman
St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Scott Rolen in front of the Reds bullpen during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Scott Rolen in front of the Reds bullpen during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer -- his second in two days -- and Chris Carpenter stymied the NL's most prolific offense again, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

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Pujols connected in the fifth inning off Bronson Arroyo (7-8), who gives up the most homers in the NL. It was Pujols' 20th homer overall and his third since returning from a broken left wrist.

Carpenter (5-7) allowed Joey Votto's RBI single in eight innings, improving to 14-4 career against the Reds. He's won 12 of his last 13 decisions against Cincinnati.

Another sellout crowd was hoping for a second straight Reds comeback. Instead, Fernando Salas -- who gave up Brandon Phillips' game-ending homer on Friday -- finished them off.

 

 

 

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