The Cardinals went into Cincinnati leading by 8 and 1/2 games, and four days later, they left Cincinnati with the same lead. They earned a split of their series yesterday with a 12-3 win over the Reds. The Cards pounded the long ball getting home runs from Edgar Renteria, Shawon Dunston and Eric Davis. Davis had three hits, three runs, and three RBI’s. Dunston drove in four runs. Andy Benes picked up the win, allowing three runs in seven innings to improve to 8-3. The Cards host Houston this weekend and may have a big weapon back in their lineup. Fernando Tatis, who hasn’t played since injuring his groin in late April, has been played the last four days in Triple-A Memphis on a rehab assignment. He is expected to rejoin the Cardinals tonight, most likely meaning Larry Sutton will be sent down. Rick Ankiel will start tonight against the Astros. He is 6-3 with a 3.39 ERA. Chris Holt, 3-8, goes for Houston.
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