Cardinals Hit 3 HRs, Beat Reds 7-1

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April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Holliday, David Freese and Yadier Molina homered during the St. Louis Cardinals’ big first inning, and Jake Westbrook found his control after a rough start, beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Monday night. The defending World Series champions improved to 4-1 with an offense that hasn’t missed Albert Pujols so far. Only 20 pitches into the game, Reds starter Homer Bailey (0-1) trailed 4-0. It was the second time this season that St. Louis hit three homers in an inning. Molina also doubled home a pair of runs in the eighth. Westbrook (1-0) overcame an early bout of wildness, allowing only three hits and one unearned run in seven innings. Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips left the game with a hamstring cramp.