Owings lifts Reds to 5-2 win over Cardinals

CINCINNATI (AP) - Micah Owings homered and pitched into the seventh inning to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Saturday.

Joey Votto also homered and drove in two runs and Willy Taveras had three hits to help lift the Reds to their third win in their last four games. Owings (6-8) allowed six hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

Reliever Nick Masset got Albert Pujols to ground out with runners on first and second and two outs in the seventh inning, less than 24 hours after Pujols hit a grand-slam in the eighth inning to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead on their way to a 7-4 win on Friday.

Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

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