CINCINNATI - Bronson Arroyo allowed one run over six innings and Edwin Encarnacion had a homer and three RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds handed the St. Louis Cardinals their season-high sixth straight loss, 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds as St. Louis missed an opportunity to close in on first place in the NL Central.
The Cardinals went into the game in third place in the division, four games behind first-place Milwaukee, which lost at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and three behind second-place Chicago, which was at Houston on Wednesday night.
Arroyo (9-14) allowed six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings to pick up his fourth win in his last five decisions.
Mike Stanton, Gary Majewski, Jared Burton and David Weathers combined for three innings of scoreless relief.
Phillips gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the fifth when he hit a 3-2 pitch down the left field line and into the first section of seats in fair territory for his 29th homer, and first in 18 at-bats since Sept. 5.
After Adam Dunn walked, Encarnacion launched a 3-1 pitch from Anthony Reyes 437 feet into the upper-deck bleachers in left.
Reyes (2-14) went 3 1-3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs with two walks and a strikeout in his first start since Aug. 31.