Edmonds lifts Cards with glove and bat

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:20 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Jim Edmonds hit a home run and saved one with his glove, and Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning that led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Matt Morris (9-6) overcame a shaky second to work seven solid innings for St. Louis (51-32), which won its fifth straight to improve the NL’s best record.

The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 30-8 in the first five games of a nine-game homestand. They have won 12 of their past 14 at home, including seven straight.

Ken Griffey Jr. was 3-for-4 with a three singles. He is 8-for-41 with one RBI in 11 games since hitting his 500th home run on June 20 in St. Louis off Morris.

Reggie Sanders, 5-for-8 as a pinch-hitter, doubled off Gabe White (0-1) to start the seventh and scored on Renteria’s fifth home run.

Steve Kline allowed one hit in two innings for his second save.

Edmonds received two standing ovations for robbing Adam Dunn of a home run to straightaway center in the second.

Edmonds used the soft covering on the center-field wall as a launching pad, reaching up to steal a potential two-run home run.

It was the latest in a series of big games for Edmonds, who made a diving catch to take a hit away from Wily Mo Pena on Monday, threw out a runner at the plate on Sunday and hit a home run and had three RBIs on Saturday.

Saturday was his first start in center in eight days because of a groin injury.

The Reds bunched four hits and scored three runs against Morris in the second, including a sacrifice fly near the warning track in left field from pitcher Jose Acevedo, who had been 2-for-28 with 16 strikeouts.

In Morris’ last five innings, the Reds totaled three hits and grounded into two double plays.

The Cardinals also scored two runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Roger Cedeno and a sacrifice fly by Marlon Anderson. Edmonds added his 17th home run off White in the eighth.

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