Diaz, with heavy heart, powers Cards past Reds 12-5

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St. Louis Cardinals Aledmys Diaz is hugged by Yadier Molina as he steps on home plate after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 27, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Playing with a heavy heart, Aledmys Diaz hit his first career grand slam and the St. Louis Cardinals finished with five home runs Tuesday night in a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Chasing the Giants and Mets in a tight race for the two NL wild cards, St. Louis moved within a half-game of San Francisco for the league’s final playoff spot _ pending the Giants’ late game against Colorado.

New York, which beat Miami 12-1, leads the wild-card standings and remained 1 1/2 games ahead of the Crdinals.

Jhonny Peralta had a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Cardinals, who had lost four of five. Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Matt Adams also homered.

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Fox 2 Sports was in the Cardinals locker room after the 12-5 win and talked to Diaz about his first career grand slam home run.

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Teammates of Diaz commented on how they were speechless after Diaz hit the grand slam.


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