St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese comes home to score on a single by Tony Cruz during the second inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) By Nick Wass
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Fernando Salas (59) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina after the Cardinals' 9-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) By Nick Wass
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Lance Berkman homered twice, Jon Jay hit a three-run shot, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-6 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.
The Cardinals never trailed in the series and outscored Baltimore 20-9. In the finale, St. Louis built an 8-0 lead in the fourth inning and coasted to its fourth win in nine games since slugger Albert Pujols went on the disabled list with a fractured wrist.
Berkman hit a two-run drive in the second inning and led off the seventh a homer for his 29th career multihomer game and fourth this season.
Nolan Reimold homered and had four RBIs and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run drive for the Orioles, who fell a season-worst eight games under .500 (35-43).
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