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Big first inning leads St. Louis Cardinals past Cincinnati Reds

8:20 PM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Three first-inning home runs propelled the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series between the NL Central rivals on Monday.

With two outs, Matt Holliday began the onslaught by pulling Homer Bailey's slider into the left-center-field seats. After Lance Berkman walked, David Freese and Yadier Molina went back-to-back, as Freese launched a fastball out to the opposite field before Molina blasted the first offering from Bailey 413 feet to dead center field.

Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (1-0) walked four of the first seven batters but then settled down and did not issue a free pass thereafter, eventually tossing seven frames while allowing just one unearned run on three hits.

Bailey (0-1) took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five.

 

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