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Cardinals Offense Potent in Win Over Reds
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Albert Pujols continued his torrid hitting, rookie Jaime Garcia overcame a shaky start, and the St. Louis Cardinals knocked out Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of a 12-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, forging a first-place tie in the NL Central.

Pujols extended his streak of reaching base to nine straight plate appearances with two intentional walks and a single his first three times up. He finally made an out in the fifth inning, hitting into a double play. Pujols added an RBI single in a five-run sixth, one day after hitting three homers at Chicago.

Arroyo (5-3) had been 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his previous six outings.

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