Reds knock Cardinals out of 1st with 7-2 win

CINCINNATI (AP) - Scott Rolen homered and drove in three runs Sunday, leading the surging Cincinnati Reds to a 7-2 victory that swatted the St. Louis Cardinals off their accustomed perch atop the NL Central.

Cincinnati has moved into a half-game lead by winning 7 of 8. The Reds haven't been in first place this deep into a season since June 8, 2006.

St. Louis had been in first place since July 31. The defending champions opened a 5-game lead before going into a pronounced downturn, losing 9 of their last 12.

Rolen hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring single off Brad Penny (3-4), who had never lost at Great American Ball Park. Bronson Arroyo (3-2) pitched his first complete game - a seven-hitter - and added a bases-loaded single.

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