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Carpenter has won his last six starts against the Reds, going 4-0 last year. The last time Carpenter pitched in Cincinnati, he had a career day -- at the plate, of all things. He hit a grand slam for his first career homer and drove in six runs -- a Cardinals record for a pitcher -- during a 13-0 win on Oct. 1.
Colby Rasmus, the Cardinals' top hitter in spring training, also had a solo homer off Harang and caught Rolen's fly by the top of the outfield fence in the sixth inning. He added a run-scoring single as the Cardinals pulled away in the ninth.
NOTES: Pujols has 34 career multihomer games. He was the last Cardinals player to hit two homers on opening day, in 2006 at Philadelphia. ... Pujols' 17 homers at Great American are the second-most by a visiting player, trailing Houston's Lance Berkman (21). ... As planned, the Reds designated INF Aaron Miles and OF Wladimir Balentien for assignment to the minors and added INF Miguel Cairo and OF Laynce Nix to the roster. ... Former Bengals TE Ben Utecht got a loud ovation and handshakes from Reds manager Dusty Baker and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa after he sang the national anthem.
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