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ST. LOUIS (AP)—Bo Hart refuses to play like a rookie.

St. Louis’ 26-year-old second baseman had three more hits, raising his average to .514 in seven scintillating games, in an 11-7 Cardinals’ victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

“I don’t like to look ahead,” Hart said. “Just the game that’s in front of me. Every time I round first, I take a deep breath.

“I don’t know if you guys see that, but it’s always a deep breath.”

Tino Martinez went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, Woody Williams won his 10th game, Jim Edmonds had four RBIs and Albert Pujols had four hits to raise his average to .394. The Cardinals took two of three from the Reds after entering the series 1-6 against them, and finished 3-3 on a six-game homestand.

Hart was 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored, and is 18-for-35 since being called up seven games ago. Martinez homered, doubled and singled in his first three at-bats and was 5-for-14 in the series with three homers and six RBIs.

“I’ve been feeling good at the plate and just having good at-bats,” Martinez said. “A lot of guys around me are swinging the bats well and you get pitches to hit.”

Martinez hit his ninth homer, and Edmonds also had a three-run shot in a seven-run second off Jimmy Anderson (1-5) that put the Cardinals ahead 7-2. Anderson was left in for five innings to save a depleted bullpen, giving up 11 runs on 15 hits.

Anderson has lost all three starts since being called up on June 16, giving up 19 earned runs in 18 innings. He’s the first Reds pitcher to allow 11 runs since May 30, 1931, when Ray Kolp also gave up 11 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park.

Anderson said he may have been tipping his pitches. He was told that the Cardinals also had him figured out last year.

“I looked over and checked and Tino and (J.D.) Drew were looking at me and they were like showing, pointing to my glove,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if they saw something or what.

“It just seems like they were on everything I threw up there.”

Reds catcher Jason LaRue said he didn’t know whether Anderson was tipping his pitches.

“Obviously, I didn’t see anything,” LaRue said. “Nobody on our bench saw anything or they would have said something.”

Williams (10-2) won despite his shakiest outing of the season, giving up seven runs on 10 hits in six-plus innings. He’s 16-3 for his career at Busch Stadium, but his ERA rose from 2.55 to 2.97.

Williams entered the game with a 1.53 ERA at home, best in the NL.

“I was just wild in the strike zone, not making quality pitches,” Williams said. “They got a few bloop hits, but that’s a team that’s going to put the bat on the ball.”

Pujols was 4-for-5 and is 15-for-26 during a five-game hitting streak. This was his fifth straight multihit game and the 35th of the season, the best in the majors.

“That’s a lot of average for a lot of at-bats,” manager Tony La Russa said. “He’s got the high average mentality and the talent to go with it.”

Jose Guillen had a two-run homer in the fifth for the Reds, who have lost five of six at the start of a 12-game trip. The Reds briefly made it interesting with two more runs in the seventh to cut the gap to four, but Steve Kline escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation by striking out Reggie Taylorand getting LaRue, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, to ground out.


Pujols has one more multihit game than teammate Edgar Renteria, who has led the NL in that category much of the season. He also leads the NL with 112 hits and 71 runs, and is tied for first with 68 RBIs. … Renteria snapped an 0-for-13 slump with an RBI double in the second and was 1-for-3. … Williams is 65-39 at night with a 3.58 ERA at night and 19-30 with a 4.89 ERA in day games. … Reds 1B Adam Dunn was struck above the right eye by the ball while stealing third in the second but stayed in the game. … The Cardinals’ seven-run second matches their season best. … Sean Casey was 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, ending a run of five straight multihit games in which he was12-for-22.

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