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Reds power past Cardinals

May 14, 2011 - 11:53 PM Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ramon Hernandez went 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homers, as the Cincinnati Reds took down the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3.

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three RBI for the Reds, who have won the first two games of this three-game series.

Johnny Cueto (2-0), making his second start of the season, gave up three unearned runs on three hits over 7 2/3 innings. He also struck out five and walked two in the victory.

"He kept his focus the whole game," Hernandez said of Cueto. "He wasn't trying to do too much."

Jon Jay hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four.

Kyle McClellan (5-1) allowed four runs on seven hits over six full frames to suffer his first loss since September 18.

The Reds gave Cueto some early run support, as Phillips and Hernandez led off the second and third, respectively, with solo homers.

Cincinnati tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Hernandez started the frame with his second homer of the game -- a blast over the wall in center. Drew Stubbs reached base on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on Phillips' single to left for a 4-0 lead.

After giving up a leadoff single in the third, Cueto retired 13 straight batters. Matt Holliday doubled off Cueto with two outs in the seventh, but Lance Berkman flied out.

Phillips' sacrifice fly in the home seventh made it a 5-0 game.

"We just had a tough day against Cueto," Cardinals acting manager Joe Pettini said.

St. Louis made things a bit interesting in the eighth. A pair of errors allowed Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene to reach base. Jay then smacked Cueto's offering over the wall in right to cut the gap to 5-3.

But the Reds put the game away with two runs in the home eighth. With men on first and second and one out, Fred Lewis hit an RBI single off Jason Motte. Stubbs followed with a single of his own to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch allowed Lewis to score for a 7-3 lead.

Game Notes

Hernandez recorded his ninth career multi-homer game...Cueto, who started the year on the disabled list due to irritation in his right biceps/triceps, was reinstated last Sunday at Wrigley Field and threw six-plus scoreless innings in Cincinnati's 2-0 victory...The Reds activated pitcher Jose Arredondo off the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Mike Leake to Triple-A Louisville...Stubbs went 3-for-4 with two runs scored...Cincinnati had 12 hits.

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  • Pinch-Hitter Fred Lewis single to center scored Scott Rolen with two out. On the play, Ramon Hernandez out at third, center to first to second. Runner on first with two outs and Drew Stubbs due up.

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  • Brandon Phillips single to left scored Drew Stubbs with two out. On the play, Joey Votto advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Jay Bruce due up.

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