CINCINNATI (AP) _ Matt Carpenter broke a scoreless tie with his two-run single in the seventh inning, Matt Adams added a three-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals extended their surge in the NL Central by beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Monday night.
St. Louis has won nine of 10, going from two games out to a season-high 4 1/2 games up in the division. The Cardinals are 10-3 against the Reds this season and 40-24 against the NL Central overall.
Shelby Miller (9-9) gave up three hits while pitching into the eighth and getting his first victory in three starts against Cincinnati this season. Two relievers finished the three-hitter.