Castellanos strikes back with his bat, leads Reds over Cards
Tyler Naquin also hit a three-run shot for the Reds.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Nick Castellanos came out swinging with his bat a day after being ejected for inciting a bench-clearing melee, hitting a three-run homer and triple to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 12-1 rout over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tyler Naquin also hit a three-run shot for the Reds, who won two in a row to take the opening series in a matchup of NL Central teams that earned wild-card spots last season. Castellanos kept up his big series with a triple in the fourth inning and a tiebreaking homer in the fifth off Carlos Martinez.
Reds starter Jeff Hoffman pitched five strong innings.
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