ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals needed a big hit with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning on Monday night. Fortunately for them, they had Allen Craig at the plate. Craig hit his first career grand slam, helping the Cardinals rally for an 8-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer as St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29. The Cardinals lead idle Pittsburgh by a half-game and Cincinnati by 3 1/2 games in the top-heavy division. Craig is 7 for 10 with 20 RBIs this season with the bases full. "I think Ive developed a pretty good approach that allows me to be successful in that position," Craig said. "I go up there confident and I believe in myself." Rookie Carlos Martinez (1-1) pitched two innings for his first major league win and Edward Mujica worked a perfect ninth for his 35th save. Zack Cozart had two hits and three RBIs for the Reds, who dropped to 4-9 against St. Louis this season. Jay Bruce hit his 25th homer in the eighth. Cozart and Todd Frazier each hit a two-run triple off Tyler Lyons in the second, helping Cincinnati to a 4-0 lead. But Holliday belted a three-run drive deep to left in the third. Hollidays 18th homer came against Mike Leake and travelled an estimated 442 feet for the longest shot by a St. Louis player at Busch Stadium this season. "What it comes down to is that guys are just swinging the bats," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. The Cardinals went ahead to stay in the seventh. Jon Jay drove in a run with a bases-loaded grounder off Manny Parra (1-3). J.J. Hoover then came in and walked Holliday on a full-count pitch and Craig drove the next pitch over the wall in right for his 13th homer. "I left it a little too much out over the plate," said Hoover, who has allowed three grand slams this season. "I knew hes a good hitter with the bases loaded and I didnt want to come in there on the first pitch." Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said Craigs drive was "devastating." "They have a lot of dangerous hitters, but we helped them out with a couple walks," he added. Craig improved to 14 for 31 (.452) in his career with the bases loaded. He is batting an eye-popping .452 with runners in scoring position this year, a big reason why he leads St. Louis with 95 RBIs. "No bigger or better at bat all season," Matheny said. "Hes been so good in that situation." The crowd of 35,159 roared as Craig rounded the bases. The big first baseman then came out for a curtain call. "I wasnt thinking about hitting a home run, I just wanted to hit it hard and in play," Craig said. "When guys are on, I just try and hit it hard somewhere and it usually works out." Craigs drive helped the Cardinals rally from a four-run deficit, tying their largest comeback of the season. They also came from four down to beat Pittsburgh 6-5 in 12 innings on Aug. 15. Bruce connected against Seth Maness, but that was it for Cincinnati, which lost for the third time in four games. "Were getting down to crunch time and every series is important," Hoover said. "When you look back at the end of the season, one loss could be important." Lyons settled down after the rough start and was charged with one earned run in five innings. He struck out a career-high seven and walked two. "The second inning didnt go how I wanted it to," Lyons said. "It was just about bouncing back and trying to keep the team in the game for as long as possible. I think I did that." Leake allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander is 1-1 with an unseemly 5.20 ERA in his last six starts. NOTES: Joe Kelly (5-3, 3.01 ERA) will face Cincinnatis Mat Latos (13-4, 2.93 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday. Latos is 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. ... The Cardinals are 24-3-2 in home series against Cincinnati since the start of the 2003 season. .... Holliday has driven in a run in his last six games. cheap jerseys online. -- Scott Clemmensen got the best of the Montreal Canadiens yet again. cheap jerseys from china. Perhaps the biggest news of the game; the Jets scored both goals on the power play, the first time this season they scored two in a game. The Jets were in a power play slump with one goal in the last 15 games. "The power play was a big plus," said Coach Claude Noel post-game. Most fans dont care who the players are; they just want to be entertained by a winning team. That mentality is understandable. After all, the goal of professional sports is to win, not produce national team players. 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Vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan explained that decision in a three-minute video posted on the leagues website designed to lay out the case for why Wilson did not get further discipline beyond a five-minute charging penalty and game misconduct. Shanahan said Wilson was not punished for boarding because Schenn began to turn his back to try to avoid contact after looking back at the Washington winger. It was the NHL department of player safetys determination that Schenn turning "actually contributes to making this hit worse." In looking at the charging aspect of the hit, Shanahan went into a lengthy explanation of how teams forecheck. Even though Wilson skated directly from the bench to hit Schenn, Shanahan said most of that distance was travelled in "typical forechecking fashion." As for the hhit itself, Shanahan said it was shoulder to shoulder, crediting Wilson for staying low throughout the course of delivering it.dddddddddddd Schenn left the game but the team said he did not have a concussion. He was in Philadelphias lineup Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Capitals contended from Tuesday night on that Wilsons hit was not dirty. "We agree with the leagues position that it was a clean hit," Capitals general manager George McPhee said in a statement released through a team spokesman. "There should not have been a penalty on the play. It was a punishing hit, not predatory or otherwise illegal. Under our current rules, punishing but clean hits are permitted. We are happy that Tom Wilson was vindicated and Brayden Schenn is not injured." Wilson, a Toronto native, has no history of supplemental discipline during his first NHL season. He was suspended five games last season for a hit from behind while playing for the OHLs Plymouth Whalers. ' ' '