CINCINNATI – Aaron Harang pitched seven innings and had a bases-loaded single during Cincinnati’s decisive rally, a birthday bash that gave the Reds an 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday and their best record in three years.

Harang (3-3) had many good moments on his 31st birthday, none better than the awkward swing that produced his first hit of the season with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Cincinnati sent nine batters to the plate for five runs off Kyle Lohse (3-2) in the inning, blowing open a tie game.

With their third straight win, the Reds moved four games over .500 (17-13) for the first time since 2006.

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