Cardinals take two of three from Reds

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead, three-run homer

to back Chris Carpenter's season-best 11 strikeouts, helping the

St. Louis Cardinals take two of three from NL Central-leading

Cincinnati with a 4-2 victory Sunday.

The Cardinals reduced the Reds' formidable lead to seven games

with 28 games to go. The two teams are not scheduled to play again

this season.

Homer Bailey (3-3) walked Albert Pujols intentionally in the

sixth inning before giving up Holliday's two-out shot on a 1-2

hanging breaking ball. Holliday fouled off two pitches before

hitting his 25th homer, topping last season's total and giving the

Cardinals a 4-2 lead.