Rolen delivers in 8th, Reds sweep Cards

6:48 AM, Jul 16, 2012   |    comments
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Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - After former Cardinal Ryan Ludwick provided the late-game heroics Saturday, it was Scott Rolen's turn to haunt his former club.

Rolen, who played for St. Louis from 2002-07, slapped a tie-breaking, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Reds complete a three- game sweep of the Cardinals with a 4-2 victory Sunday night.

After the Cardinals put the first two runners on in the top of the eighth but failed to score, the Reds took advantage of their opportunity in the bottom half.

Joey Votto worked a one-out walk before Jake Westbrook (7-8) plunked Brandon Phillips. A fielder's choice groundout moved both runners up and Ludwick followed with a four-pitch walk to load the bases.

Rolen then served a fastball from reliever Mitchell Boggs over the head of a leaping Skip Schumaker at second to plate Votto and Phillips.

Aroldis Chapman fanned all three batters in the ninth to nail down his 13th save of the season.

Homer Bailey (8-6) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits and two walks over eight strong innings and has now allowed just five earned runs in 22 2/3 innings over his last three starts, all of them wins.

Votto and Phillips both knocked in a run for the Reds, who have won a season high-tying six straight games and are a season-best 12 games over .500.

Yadier Molina belted his career-high 15th homer of the season among his three hits, but the Cardinals were swept for the third time this season and trail the Reds for first place in the NL Central by 4 1/2 games.


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