Cards hit 3 HRs, top Reds, move closer to playoffs

4 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, September 21 2014 Sep 21, 2014 Sunday, September 21, 2014 9:40:46 AM CDT September 21, 2014 in Baseball
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth.

The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. The magic number is six for their second NL Central title in a row.

Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games.

Cincinnati has lost six in row and been outscored 30-8 in that stretch.

Jason Motte (1-0) needed just three pitches and one out to earn the win.

Mike Leake (11-13) took the loss.

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