CINCINNATI (AP) - Colby Rasmus hit his first career grand slam, Adam Wainwright dazzled again and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Wednesday, completing a 3-game sweep that changed the standings and made their point.
The defending NL Central champs, scraped up from a cleat-kicking brawl the previous night, wouldn't be dismissed or demeaned. The Cardinals overtook the Reds with their first 3-game sweep in Cincinnati since 2005, moving a game ahead in the standings.
Rasmus' homer off Bronson Arroyo (12-7) broke it open in the fifth. Wainwright (17-6) remained unbeaten in day games, allowing a pair of singles in seven shutout innings before a thunderstorm hit.