ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Carpenter pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years and Albert Pujols took care of the offense with a two-run homer and RBI double, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.
The victory gave St. Louis a split of the 4-game series and put the Cardinals in a tie for first in the National League Central with Milwaukee, which lost to the Florida Marlins.
Carpenter (4-0) needed just 95 pitches for his first complete game since Sept. 11, 2006, at Houston and 26th of his career. with the help of 2 double plays, he faced the minimum through 7 2-3 innings.
Laynce Nix spoiled the shutout bid with his 18th homer to right field in the eighth.