St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter delivers a pitch to the Cincinnati Reds. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Red cannot figure out Chris Carpenter. In the final meeting between the division rivals, the Cardinals were able to cut into Cincinnati’s lead by a game after a 4-2 series win on Sunday at Busch Stadium. Carpenter has won his last ten decisions against the Reds.

The Cards got a timely blast from Matt Holliday in the sixth inning which put the Cardinals on top. With two outs, Albert Pujols was walked intentionally and Holliday homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey, his 25th of the year.

As far as Carpenter, he struck out a season high 11 batters in 7.1 innings. This season, Carpenter is 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Reds. This was the final meeting of the season between these two teams as the Cardinals look to cut into their seven game deficit in the Central Division with 28 games to play.