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Bats come alive in Mexico as Cardinals beat Reds 9-5

MONTERREY, MEXICO • A day after predicting that he would hit a home run at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, left fielder Marcell Ozuna did himself one better.

Ozuna's three-run homer in the first inning and solo homer in the seventh sent the Cardinals to a 9-5 victory Sunday evening at Monterrey's ballpark. The victory split the Mexico Series with host Cincinnati and gave the Cardinals their sixth victory in seven games. Ozuna and Tyler O'Neill combined for three home runs, and it was Matt Carpenter's solo homer in the seventh that snapped a 4-4 tie.

Miles Mikolas was unable to match Adam Wainwright's quality start in the first game of the series, though he took a shutout into the fifth inning.