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Castellanos strikes back with his bat, leads Reds over Cards

Tyler Naquin also hit a three-run shot for the Reds.
Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto, left, celebrates the three-run home run by Nick Castellanos,...
Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto, left, celebrates the three-run home run by Nick Castellanos, right, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Cincinnati, Sunday, April 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)(Aaron Doster | AP)
Published: Apr. 4, 2021 at 6:38 PM EDT
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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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