Slumping Cardinals drop third straight to Reds 5-1

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CINCINNATI (AP) _ Skip Schumaker hit a three-run homer, rookie Anthony DeSclafani pitched six strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds won their second game of the day, beating the struggling St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Saturday.

The first-place Cardinals have lost the first three games of the our-game series. Their lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central fell to three games, with the Pirates hosting Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Earlier, Adam Duvall’s two-run homer in the eighth lifted the Reds to a 4-2 win in the completion of a game suspended by rain on Friday.

Schumaker, a former Cardinal, hit his first homer since Aug. 13 of last season.

St. Louis is 3-8 in September after three straight losses to the last-place Reds, who on Sunday can finish off their first four-game sweep of the Cardinals since 2003.

DeSclafani (9-10) struck out 10 and allowed one earned run. Lance Lynn (11-10) took the loss.