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Cardinals beat Reds for telling sweep

With an emphatic sweep, the St. Louis Cardinals gave second baseman Brandon Phillips a different description to use.

Whiners? Complainers? Try division leaders.

Colby Rasmus hit his first career grand slam, Adam Wainwright dominated again and the brawl-scarred Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-1, Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep that changed the standings and made a point.

"It certainly added fuel to our fire when you've got guys opening their mouth, saying stupid stuff," said Wainwright (17-6), who gave up only two singles in seven shutout innings. "But we only used that in a positive way. It's very unprofessional to fire back."

The Cardinals overtook the Reds with their first three-game sweep in Cincinnati since 2005, moving a game ahead in the standings.

"A lot of things were going on. It's a pumped-up series, everybody was jacked up," said Rasmus, who got his first grand slam on his 24th birthday. "With the pitching we have, that's kind of tough for them, especially coming in with the words they were putting out there. I think it just kind of got everybody more pumped up. It definitely didn't work in their favor."

Braves 8, Astros 2

Omar Infante drove in the go-ahead run with a 10th-inning double and Brian McCann added insurance with a grand slam later in the inning for visiting Atlanta.

Infante's hit bounced low on the wall in leftfield and scored Rick Ankiel to put Atlanta back on top 3-2, giving closer Billy Wagner (6-2) the win after he blew a save in the ninth.

Tigers 3, Rays 2

Ryan Raburn hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning as host Detroit avoided a series sweep.

Justin Verlander (13-7) gave up one run and six hits in six innings and struck out seven. Matt Garza (11-7) is winless in three starts since his no-hitter July 26 against the Tigers.

Angels 2, Royals 1

Bobby Abreu homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to help Los Angeles to a three-game sweep.

Angels starter Jered Weaver struck out 11, giving him a major league-leading 182. He surpassed his career high of 174 strikeouts last season.

Kansas City starter Zack Greinke allowed one run in eight innings.

Orioles 3, Indians 1

Brad Bergesen (4-9) pitched a two-hitter for his first win in nearly three months for visiting Baltimore. The Orioles won their fourth in a row and moved to 8-1 under new manager Buck Showalter.

Giants get Fontenot

San Francisco acquired infielder Mike Fontenot from the Cubs for a minor-leaguer before last night's game against Chicago.- AP

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