Cardinals 8, Reds 2: Matt Holliday had four hits and four RBIs and Allen Craig homered and drove in three runs to help visiting St. Louis take two of three in a key series between the top two teams in the National League Central.
St. Louis pulled within six games of Cincinnati in the division and handed the Reds their first home series loss since dropping two of three to Minnesota from June 22-24.
Adam Wainwright (13-10) allowed two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings to win his fifth straight start and his sixth consecutive decision.
Jon Jay started the scoring with an RBI single in the third and Holliday followed later in the inning with a two-run single.
A day after having his career-best 13-game hitting streak snapped, Craig started a new one with a two-run blast in the sixth inning - his 20th of the year - to give St. Louis a 5-0 lead. Holliday added an RBI double in the seventh, and Craig drove him home with a run-scoring single.
Reds starter Homer Bailey (10-9) allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings to fall for the third time in four decisions.
GAME NOTEBOOK: St. Louis SS Rafael Furcal extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the eighth inning. … The Cardinals' 17 hits are the most allowed by the Reds this season. … Cardinals RHP Edward Mujica pitched around a one-out double in the seventh. He has not allowed a run in 12 1/3 innings over 12 appearances since being acquired from Miami. … Holliday had two singles, a double and a triple. … The Reds begin a six-game road trip Monday at Arizona. They have three with the Diamondbacks before heading to Houston for a three-game series with the Astros. … The Cardinals resume their 10-game trip Monday at Pittsburgh to start a three-game series, then head to Washington for four with the NL East-leading Nationals.