Parched for the first seven games of their lengthy trip averaging just more than a run a game the Cardinals finally discovered water in the desert. And they drank. And they drank.
Coming a night after their 13-0 whitewash at Pittsburgh the Cardinals deluged the Cincinnati Reds for 12 runs in the first five innings and proceeded to a 13-3 win Friday night before a fireworks-induced full house of 39095 at Great American Ball Park.
The night was fruitful additionally because the Pirates lost to Colorado and the Cardinals are back to one-half game behind Pittsburgh in the National League Central Division race.
Three Cardinals drove in at least three runs with David Freese who had four RBIs starting the rout with a bases-loaded double in a four-run first inning against Bronson Arroyo making his 35th career start against the Cardinals.
“What do I have? Eight RBIs now?” quipped Freese who has a less modest total of 39 RBIs for the season.
Allen Craig and Jon Jay also had three runs ba...