The St. Louis Cardinals scored eight times in the first three innings and coasted to the finish line, beating the Cincinnati Reds 11-6. The Cardinals hit five home runs in the win with Craig Paquette, J.D. Drew, Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds and reliever Mike Matthews all going deep. Matthews’ home run was the first of his career and only his second career hit. Dustin Hermanson goes 6 2/3 innings, allowing just three runs on eight hits to improve 12-9. The win keeps the Cardinals just three games back of Houston in the National League Central. Astros beat Philadelphia 8-2.