DeJong, Molina power Cardinals to a 13-4 rout of Reds


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St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong drops his bat as he watches his RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting two-run double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, left, and Tommy Pham celebrate after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


ST. LOUIS — Paul DeJong homered, Yadier Molina drove in three runs and the streaking St. Louis Cardinals outslugged the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals have won four straight and six of their last seven to stay two games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Molina’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the first gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. He drove in his 10th run over his past three games with a single in the sixth. Molina leads the team with 75 RBI.

Matt Carpenter walked a career-best four times, doubled in a run and scored twice.

Lance Lynn (11-7) allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits in five innings.

Robert Stephenson (4-5) was pulled after three innings, the shortest career outing for the Reds rookie. He allowed six runs, four earned, and all three of his walks scored.

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong drops his bat as he watches his RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_118460594-355b9054101c4b4bb44850d3b533a1dd.jpgSt. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong drops his bat as he watches his RBI double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting two-run double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_118460594-1f563fc836764606bb12716683262c98.jpgSt. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting two-run double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, left, and Tommy Pham celebrate after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_118460594-2ceac46f27e24825ad5c34e9d0457db6.jpgSt. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, left, and Tommy Pham celebrate after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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