The Indians hit four home runs – two by Travis Hafner – in a 10-3 win over the Cardinals Monday.
It was Hafner’s two-run homer in the fifth inning that capped a four-run inning breaking a 2-2 tie. He struck again with a solo shot in the ninth to add insult to injury. The game was decided well before that.
Grady Sizemore put the first runs on the board with a two-run blast in the third.
St. Louis scored a run in the third on a Scott Rolen RBI single, and tied the game with another run in the fourth. Rolen and So Taguchi both had three hits in the game.
Cleveland scored seven runs between the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings.
Starter Jason Marquis took the loss allowing seven runs on nine hits in six innings.
With the loss, the Cardinals have dropped seven straight. All of which have been to American League Central teams. Not all has been lost during the skid. The second place Reds are 4-6 in their last ten games enabling the Cardinals to keep their lead atop the NL Central.