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ST. LOUIS -- Another trip to Busch Stadium, another series loss for the Cincinnati Reds.

Rallying from an early four-run deficit Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals won their 26th series in Cincinnati's last 31 visits with a 7-5 triumph.

Left fielder Matt Holliday's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Logan Ondrusek (0-1) gave St. Louis (5-3) its first lead at 6-5. It went off the glove of right fielder Jay Bruce, who drifted to the warning track and couldn't make what would have been a leaping catch.

Center fielder Peter Bourjos tacked on insurance in the seventh with his third hit, an RBI single to left-center.

Starting pitcher Lance Lynn (2-0) got his second win in five days against the Reds (2-6) despite allowing eight hits and five runs, all earned, in six innings. Lynn walked none and struck out four.

Three Cardinals relievers picked up the last nine outs, with Trevor Rosenthal working around a leadoff hit to earn his third save.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey gave up nine hits and four runs over five innings, walking two and fanning five. He left with a 5-4 lead, but Ondrusek and fellow reliever J.J. Hoover gave up three runs in two combined innings.

Cincinnati jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Right fielder Jay Bruce lined a two-run triple to right-center field and left fielder Ryan Ludwick drove in Bruce with a sacrifice fly to left.

Center fielder Billy Hamilton made it 4-0 in the second with a two-out RBI single to center that scored catcher Devin Mesoraco, who doubled in his first at-bat of the season after being activated from the disabled list on Monday.

St. Louis evened it in its half of the second. Catcher Yadier Molina walloped a leadoff homer to left, his third of the year. With two outs, third baseman Matt Carpenter lined an RBI single and second baseman Kolten Wong tied it with a two-run triple down the right field line.

Ludwick restored a 5-4 Cincinnati lead in the fifth with a run-scoring groundout to second.

NOTES: Cincinnati activated RHP Jonathan Broxton (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a move that could strengthen a shaky bullpen. Broxton pitched two scoreless innings during the weekend in a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola. ... St. Louis 1B Matt Adams came into Tuesday night's game with a .474 average on balls in play, good for seventh in the National League. His overall average is .346 as he has fanned seven times in 26 at-bats. ... The Reds placed RHP Trevor Bell on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. Bell pitched Monday, allowing four hits and two runs in two-thirds of an inning.
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