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    CINCINNATI - Four Cardinals have hitting streaks of at least eight games. Cheap Stitched Nationals Jerseys . Another leads the NL in batting average. Overall, theyre the best in the league at hitting in the clutch. Its some formidable offence. And when they play their biggest rival, they really dont need all that much, anyway. Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings for his ninth win, and every Cardinals starter had a hit in a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night that gave St. Louis a four-game lead in the NL Central, its biggest of the season. Yes, its early. But yes, its impressive. "They just get in the habit of grinding at-bats and not giving any away and realizing theres money on the table out there," manager Mike Matheny said. Oh, and the pitchings been as good as it gets, too. Wainwright (9-3) gave up two runs and seven hits as the Cardinals improved the major leagues best record to 40-21. Things are going so well that they try to ignore how theyve started to give themselves a little room atop the division. "The cardinal sin — something we should never do and have done in the past — is look up at the scoreboard and try to figure out where they are," Wainwright said. "Its June. Well look at those things later in the season." On this June night, they had everything going. Slumping Pete Kozma drove in three runs, David Freese and Jon Jay knocked in two apiece, and four Cardinals extended long hitting streaks against a pitching staff in a downturn. Mike Leake (5-3) lasted only five innings for the Reds, who have given up 26 runs while losing their last three games. St. Louis scored six of its runs with two outs, one of their hallmarks this season. "Thats when they usually do their damage," manager Dusty Baker said. "Id like to find out their secret and bottle it." The NL Central rivalry has fallen into a pattern lately — the second-place Reds cant score many runs. Theyve scored two or fewer in their last six games against the Cardinals, the first time thats happened since 1974, the year before the Big Red Machine won its first World Series. St. Louis has won the last four series between the teams and is 5-2 against Cincinnati this season. A day after the Cardinals hit five homers for a 12-8 win over Arizona, they put together five singles in the fourth inning for all the runs theyd really need. The Cardinals came into the game with four players on noteworthy hitting streaks. Three of them extended their streaks during the three-run rally. Carlos Beltran led off with a single that gave him an eight-game streak. Allen Craig pushed his run to 11 games with another hit, completing a 12-pitch at-bat against Leake. Freese extended the longest active streak in the majors with an RBI single, giving him a career-best 17-game streak. Jon Jay and Kozma — in a 3-for-33 rut — followed with singles for a 3-0 lead. When runners were in scoring position, the Cardinals delivered. "I dont really see what we do different other than we get hits when we need them," said Kozma, who tied his career high with the three RBIs. That was plenty for Wainwright, who had only one tough at-bat in the first five innings. Shin-Soo Choo drew a base on balls on his 12th pitch from Wainwright, who has walked only seven batters all season. Jay Bruces RBI single ended Wainwrights shutout in the sixth. The only long hitting streak still in play for St. Louis got extended during a four-run sixth inning off Logan Ondrusek. Jay doubled home another run, Kozma doubled in two more, and Matt Carpenters RBI single made it 7-0 and extended his streak to a career-best 16 games. Yadier Molina doubled and singled, raising the NLs top batting average a point to .352. NOTES: St. Louis is 21-9 on the road, best in the majors. ... The Reds optioned RH Pedro Villarreal back to Triple-A Louisville, opening the way for LH Tony Cingrani to make a start next week for the injured Johnny Cueto. Villarreal struggled in his emergency start on Wednesday, a 12-4 loss to Colorado. ... Switch-hitting INF Henry Rodriguez was called up. ... 2B Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup after missing four games with a bruised left forearm. ... LH Tyler Lyons (2-1) makes his third start for the Cardinals on Saturday against Mat Latos (5-0), who has won his last nine decisions. Its the longest winning streak by a Reds pitcher since reliever Scott Sullivan won 10 straight decisions from 2001-02. Kevin Long Jersey . -- Linebacker Myles Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass, and No. Adam Eaton Jersey .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy expects former charge Greg Inglis will spark a sputtering South Sydney in Saturday nights NRL clash at AAMI Park.The Rabbitohs are reeling from an eighth straight loss, having been belted 54-4 by Canberra in round 21.Inglis, who hasnt played for Souths since July 3, will return at five-eighth.The versatile superstar copped a three-game ban for a shoulder charge in State of Origin III that broke Josh Dugans jaw.Losing GI for a month obviously wasnt great for them, Bellamy said on Friday.Hes going to be a handful.It doesnt matter what position he plays. If he gets plenty of the ball and starts running it, then hes dangerous.Inglis shot to fame as a game-breaking back under Bellamy, playing 117 games with the Storm before shifting north.Playing down here against his old team, I imagine hell be very determined to play well, Bellamy said.You always know what hes capable of and I know hell be determined to show that this week.Souths coach Michael Maguire admitted the recent slump had tested everyone at his club.Weve got the drive of where we want to go and weve got to make sure we persist with that, Maguire said.Theyree doing all the little things right around training . Ryan Zimmerman Jersey. .. what were trying to do this week is get out there and play for each other.The Rabbitohs will miss the finals for the first time under Maguire, leaving Bellamy and many others puzzled.Its been a tough time for them ... Im not quite sure, Bellamy said when asked about Souths decline.They won a premiership under two years ago and theyve got a lot of players from that premiership-winning team still playing.With the quality in that side, theyll be very keen to hit back from last week.In sharp contrast, the Storm are second on the ladder and cruising towards the finals.Theyve got a lot of quality across the park so itll be a great challenge, Maguire said.They are defending very well and scrambling well and thats why they sit where they do on the ladder.STATS THAT MATTER:* Melbourne concede a league-best average of 11.6 points per game* The Storm miss a league-best average of 18.6 tackles a game* Melbourne lead the league for linebreaks with 5.8 per game Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys China China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '
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