Cardinals score six in 6th, beat Reds 8-5

CINCINNATI (AP) — Allen Craig and Yadier Molina homered during a six-run sixth inning Friday night, and the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals opened a defining road trip by beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 and moving six games back of the NL Central leaders.

The Cardinals’ big comeback off Mat Latos (10-4) started a 10-day trip against the Reds, Pirates and Nationals.

Craig and Molina had three hits apiece as St. Louis piled up 14 in all.

Cincinnati got the better of it early, knocking starter Lance Lynn out of the game in the third inning. Joe Kelly (4-5) fanned six in three innings of relief. Jason Motte pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 35 chances, giving up a pair of singles before fanning Scott Rolen to end it.

It’s an important weekend for the Reds as well. They’re honoring former shortstop and team captain Barry Larkin, who was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame this summer. His No. 11 will be retired by the team before today’s game and was stamped in chalk behind second base for the start of the series.

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