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Carpenter Continues Domination Over Cincinnati; Cards Back in First Place Tie with Reds
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Chris Carpenter beat Cincinnati for the eighth straight start, allowing four hits in eight innings as the St. Louis Cardinals pulled into a first-place tie with the Reds in the NL Central with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.

Matt Holliday homered and Skip Schumaker, Ryan Ludwick and Brendan Ryan all had two hits and an RBI to back Carpenter, who silenced the NL's top offense to help St. Louis take two of three. Holliday hit his sixth homer, and only second at home, leading off the seventh against Logan Ondrusek for a 4-1 lead.

Carpenter (7-1) has beaten Cincinnati three times this year and has a 1.09 ERA during the eight-game winning streak that dates to Aug. 15, 2006.

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