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Cardinals keep pressure on Milwaukee

May 25, 2014 18:13:33 UK

Cardinals star Yaldier Molina.

The St. Louis Cardinals moved to within a game-and-a half of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday with a win over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals kept the pressure on the Brewers in the National League Central Division with a 6-3 win over the Reds.

Matt Holliday and Jon Jay each had three hits in a 12-hit offensive outburst by the visitors at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati as the Cardinals bounced back from a defeat the previous evening. Jamie Garcia (1-0) surrendered a couple of runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven in 5 2-3 innings to pick up his first win of the campaign. Four relievers followed before Trevor Rosenthal closed out proceedings in the bottom of the ninth to register his 15th save of the campaign.

Monday the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the visit of the New York Yankees. Michael Wacha should head to the mound for the hosts with New York expected to counter with Chase Whitley who has yet to make it out of the fifth inning in both his previous starts.

The Cardinals are 11.00 to win the World Series and the Yankees can be backed at 17.00.

Meanwhile the Reds continue to flounder five and a half games adrift of the Brewers in the standings. Mike Leake will get the call in the finale of the three-game series against the Cardinals and seven-game winner Adam Wainwright before Cincinnati heads west on Monday to play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine in LA. It’s the opening game of a seven-game road swing that also includes four games in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

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