Cards Beat Reds 7-1

Another game. Another three-homer inning. Another win.

No big deal!

The Cardinals defeated the Reds 7-1 Monday night.

With two outs in the first inning, Matt Holliday launched a solo blast off Homer Bailey. Lance Berkman walked and David Freese knocked an opposite field homer. And then Yadier Molina launched a homer to center field.

These were the second homers of the season for Holliday, Freese and Molina. The Cardinals have nine home runs as a team. According to Fox Sports Midwest broadcasters, that home run total is more than some teams have scored runs.

That’s right… RUNS!

Specifically, the Twins (6) Braves and Pirates (7 each) and Phillies (8).

In the eighth inning, Yadi doubled on a fly to left fielder Chris Heisey, allowing Berkman and Freese to score. Matt Carpenter hit a sac-fly to center fielder Drew Stubbs, allowing Yadi to score.

The Cardinals got a solid seven innings from Jake Westbrook, who slimmed down significantly over the offseason. He gave up three hits, one run and four walks. He struck out two. Marc Rzepczynski pitched one inning. He struck out one. And Fernando Salas pitched the ninth and struck out two.

The Cardinals are now 4-1. Kyle Lohse takes the mound for the Cards. Mike Leake will pitch for the Reds. Game time is 6:10 p.m. Central from Great American Ballpark.

Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter at Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda. 

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