Matt Carpenter, the Cardinals home run leader, hit a pair of two-run homers to give him 26 on the season. Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos also homered and Matt Holliday had an RBI double in his first start since July 29 as the Cardinals rolled to an easy sweep over the Cincinnati Reds in a 10-2 final. It was the first time this season the Cardinals hit four for the first time this season.
Both of Carpenter’s homers came off former Royal Brandon Finnegan (1-1), who allowed six runs in five innings. With his second multi-homer game, Carpenter increased his total by 15 more than his previous career best.
The benefactor of the offensive outburst was Lance Lynn (12-10). Lynn gave up three singles, walked none and allowed only one runner to reach second base before leaving with the Cardinals ahead 9-0 after the sixth. He had allowed 12 runs in 11.2 innings over his past three starts. A nice sight to see as the club nears the postseason.