Votto leads Reds to 5-2 win, 4-game sweep of Cardinals

By JOE KAYAP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) – Joey Votto had a two-run homer among his four hits, Adam Duvall had three hits off Mike Leake and the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.

The Reds hadn’t swept the Cardinals in four games since 2003 in Cincinnati, during the first season at Great American Ball Park. St. Louis has lost seven in a row overall for the first time since 2013. Scott Feldman (5-4) limited the Cardinals’ slumping lineup to four singles in seven shutout innings.

Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Austin Brice. Raisel Iglesias got his 12th save. The Reds traded Leake (5-5) to the Giants for Duvall in 2015, and the right-hander signed with the Cardinals after that season. Leake has yet to beat his former team, going 0-4 in seven starts with a 4.79 ERA.

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