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(KSDK Sports) -- Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with two doubles and sparked a three-run sixth inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the middle test of a three-game set at Busch Stadium.

Lance Lynn (5-0) was sharp in seven innings of work, allowing just a run on five hits while striking out five. Carlos Beltran homered for the Cardinals while Edward Mujica picked up his sixth save in as many tries this season.

An 18-game winner in his first full big-league season in 2012, Lynn opened 2013 with a no-decision at Arizona before reeling off wins in his next four starts and trimming his earned run average from a bloated 9.00 to a respectable 3.10.

Lynn is 3-0 at Busch this year and 12-5 there in 25 career outings.

Brandon Phillips picked up both Cincinnati RBI, including a solo home run off Mujica to lead off the ninth.

Homer Bailey (1-3) tossed 5 1/3 innings, surrendering all four Cardinals runs on nine hits.

He's countered by Texas-born righty Homer Bailey, who dropped a 10-0 verdict in St. Louis on April 10.

That loss, in which Bailey allowed nine hits and seven runs in five innings, dropped his career mark against St. Louis to 3-8 in 14 starts with a 5.52 ERA in 73 1/3 innings.

Bailey had beaten Washington in his initial 2013 start on April 5, but is 0-2 in four games since while giving up 23 hits and 10 runs in 26 innings.

He's 0-2 on the road this year and 0-4 in six career starts at Busch.

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