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MLB: Cincinnati 8, St. Louis 2

Aug. 25, 2012 at 8:02 PM

CINCINNATI, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI Saturday and the Cincinnati Reds powered past St. Louis 8-2.

The Reds were leading 4-2 when they broke the game open with four runs in the seventh, all with two out, triggered by Phillips' solo shot off reliever Brandon Dickson.

Scott Rolen added a two-run single during the outburst, while Jay Bruce knocked in two runs and Ryan Ludwick went 3-for-4 with a run scored for the National League Central-leading Reds.

Mike Leake (6-8) earned the victory despite yielding 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed two runs, didn't issue a walk and struck out three as the Reds evened their three-game series.

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia (3-5) gave up four runs on seven hits through six frames.

Mike Carpenter got the only RBI for wild-card contender St. Louis, which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.

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