The Cardinals’ seven-game winning streak went over the fence in the ninth inning of last night’s game with the Reds. Aaron Boone cracked a home run off reliever Dustin Hermanson in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Reds a 5-4 win over the Cardinals. St. Louis rallied from a 4-0 deficit as Woody Williams struggled early. Errors and an inability to turn a couple of double plays allowed the Cards to sneak back with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and two in the seventh. St. Louis’ hot bats, which led the Majors in hitting managed only six hits and stranded eight runners on the base paths. Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols and Edgar Renteria who were the top three hitters in the National League were a combined 1-11 on the night. Luckily for them, the Cards didn’t lose any ground in the N.L. Central race as Chicago lost to the Brewers. St. Louis and Chicago are tied.
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