Aug 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (21) hits a grand slam off of Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Cincinnati 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Allen Craig belted a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals moved into first place in the NL Central with an 8-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three- game series at Busch Stadium.
Craig went 3-for-4 and Matt Holliday added a three-run homer for the Cardinals, who won for the eighth time in their last 10 contests. They moved a half-game ahead of idle Pittsburgh atop the division.
It's the start of a huge stretch for the Cardinals. Including Monday's contest, St. Louis plays either Cincinnati or the Pirates 13 straight times.
Zack Cozart had three RBI for the Reds, who are 2-7 in the last nine games against the Cardinals. Todd Frazier added a two-run triple, but Cincinnati fell 3 1/2 games off the pace in the division.
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