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Grapefruit League

Cardinals pounds Reds, 10-2

ST. LOUIS The Cardinals continued to put a rough couple of days in Chicago behind them, drubbing the Cincinnati Reds, 10-2, Wednesday at Busch Stadium.

The victory represented a sweep of the reeling Reds (63-88) and the fourth for the Cardinals (96-56) since they lost the first two games of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.

In the big picture, the National League Central leaders have won eight of their last 10. Pending the outcome of second-place Pittsburgh's game with Colorado, the Cardinals' magic number shrunk to seven with 10 games remaining. The third-place Cubs, lost 4-1 at home to Milwaukee.

The evening could not have gone any better for a team...