August 11, 2006

Cardinals beat Reds to split series

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The St Louis Cardinals beat Cincinnati
6-1 on Thursday to earn a split of their four-game series and
maintain a 3 game lead over the Reds at the top of the
National League central division standings.

Chris Duncan belted a pair of solo home runs and rookie
Anthony Reyes delivered five scoreless innings for the
Cardinals. Scott Spiezio and Jim Edmonds also had home runs.

"I've had some good starts, I take every at-bat as an
individual opportunity," Spiezio told after hitting his
eighth home run of the season and second in as many days. "All
I'm looking to do is try to get on base, get a guy over.

"The home runs haven't been things I've been trying to do.
Those are accidents that happen once in a while."

Right-hander Reyes (4-5) was wild at times, issuing a pair
of walks and hitting three batters, but scattered only two hits
over five innings.

"I see a lot of room for improvement, but I'm pretty happy
with what I've done so far," said Reyes. "I'm just glad I could
go out there and do some small part in this series.

Bronson Arroyo (9-8) was tagged with the loss after giving
up five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits in seven innings.

In Houston, Roger Clemens (4-4) allowed one run over six
plus sparkling innings and Morgan Ensberg slammed a three-run
homer guiding the Astros to a 5-2 win and series sweep of the
Pittsburgh Pirates.

Clemens scattered four hits, striking out five and walking
a pair, to ring up win 345 as the surging Astros notched their
seventh win in nine games to keep pace in the NL wild card

Brad Ausmus had three hits and a pair of RBI for the Astros
while Craig Biggio and Luke Scott each had hit and scored a

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto)