took it upon himself to get the Cardinals back on track.
The St. Louis ace hit a grand slam and set a team record for pitchers by driving in six runs as the Cardinals rolled to a
13-0 rout of the
''That was one of the funner days I've ever had,'' Carpenter said.
Carpenter's first career homer capped a five-run second inning for the Cardinals, who had lost five of six - including three
straight since clinching the NL Central title with a win at Colorado last Saturday. He added a two-run double during a four-run
fifth to match the career RBI total he brought into the game.
The right-hander also threw five innings of three-hit ball for his 17th win and first in four starts since a 3-0, complete-game
victory at Milwaukee on Sept. 7.
Carpenter's grand slam was the 10th by a Cardinals pitcher and first since
connected at Florida on Sept. 2, 1998.
The previous major league pitcher to hit a grand slam was
New York Mets
on Sept. 22, 2008, at Shea Stadium, according to STATS LLC.
The last pitcher to have six RBIs in a game was
for Arizona at Atlanta on Aug. 18, 2007, STATS said. Owings now pitches for the Reds.
Carpenter predicted his homer, manager
Tony La Russa
''I've predicted it four or five times,'' Carpenter said. ''I think the only other home run I hit had to be in high school.
I was a really good hitter, I guess, but I grew up in New Hampshire, and we didn't see many 90 mph fastballs.''
Carpenter became the first Cardinals pitcher since 1920, when RBIs became an official statistic, to have six in one game.
drove in five runs during a 13-1 win over the
New York Mets
on July 26, 1973.
''He had a
type of day,'' Reds manager
said. ''He beat us pitching and hitting. That grand slam kind of put us behind the 8-ball.''
And left La Russa joking about it after the game.
''The first thing I'm going to do is call Gibson and tell him what a real athlete is,'' he said. ''That was the last thing
La Russa also snapped a tie with Hall of Fame New York Giants manager
for second place on the career list of games managed. La Russa is at 4,770, behind only
The Cardinals scored their most runs in a game since setting their season high in a 14-7 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 4. The
win was their biggest of the season, surpassing a 10-0 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
on July 28.
''They beat us up pretty good,'' Baker said. ''That's the first time we've been beat up that bad in a while. They had every
kind of hit imaginable.''
Carpenter (17-4), who struck out six and walked one, has won his last five starts against the Reds, including all four this
, who had shoulder surgery on Jan. 21 and wasn't activated until Sept. 1 before missing another 16 days with a side injury,
got the scoring started in the second with a run-scoring single - his first RBI this season.
, who had been out since Saturday with a bruised left knee, singled and
was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Carpenter, who had one RBI this season before lining the first pitch from
an estimated 381 feet into the left-field seats.
''(Wells) tried to get the ball over the plate and it ended up in the seats,'' Baker said.
Wells (2-5) lasted two batters into the third inning. The right-hander was roughed up for five hits and five runs with one
walk and one strikeout before being replaced by Owings.
Owings got Cincinnati's first hit off Carpenter with a one-out, opposite-field double to right in the third. The plate appearance
was the first for Owings since he was hit in the helmet by a pitch Sept. 6 at Atlanta, leaving him with a concussion and punctured
The game was delayed for 9 minutes in the top of the second when plate umpire Brian O'Nora came out of the game with an injured
right knee. Wells bounced a pitch that got past catcher
and hit O'Nora on the inside of his knee. Adrian Johnson moved from first base to behind the plate, and the game continued
with three umpires.
NOTES: The Cardinals have 11 shutout wins this season. The Reds were blanked for the sixth time. ... Cardinals 1B
was a late addition to the starting lineup after originally being scheduled for a day off while getting over a cold.